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C-FIT Training - Students and Youth

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Attention all Tsawout Students and Youth up to 22 years!  Are you interested in earning a living in the Commercial Fishing Industry? 

C-FIT (Commercial Fishing Indigenous Students Training) is designed to make First Nation Youth ready for Commercial Fishing.

  • Reconnecting with Coast Salish way of life.
  • Program based on entry-level Transport Canada Certification.
  • Includes real-life experience with commercial vessels, commercial dockside activities, and commercial gear.
  • Program blends traditional fishing knowledge with modern commercial fishing practices.
  • Program supports transition to employment as a deckhand on a commercial vessel.
  • Program helps students meet graduation requirements.
Awesome Field Trips too!
  • Camosun College Vessel Simulator
  • Commercial Fishing Trips
  • Institute of Ocean Sciences
  • Department of National Defence
  • National Weather Station
  • Goldstream Hatchery
  • Joint Rescue and Coordination Centre
  • Just to name a few!

Program details

Presented in partnership with CSETS ( Coast Salish Training and Employment Society), Salish Strait Seafoods, and School District 63.

Please click here to Download the C-FIT Brochure.

The program will be taking place at Tsawout, Saanichton starting in February 2015.

Program participants are eligible forthe following certification:

  • Small Vessel Operator Proficiency
  • Med-A3
  • Radio Operator Certification (ROC-M)
  • Students participate in a 6-week work-based training practicum on a commercial vessel as a culminating activity to the technical training provided in the program.

Earn Class Credit

C-FIT Courses (Possibilities)

  • Marine Safety, PSIB 12A 4
  • Work Experience 12A 4
  • Work Experience 12B 4
  • Communications** 12 4
  • Total Credits 16

** Communication concepts will be imbedded within the C-FIT curriculum by way of an integrated curriculum approach. This component will satisfy your graduation requirements for Language Arts 12.

Fast Track YOUR Future

Graduates of this program enter the workforce with appropriate certification and work experience to be a commercial fishing deck hand. Earn up to 16 credits toward your graduation. Learn about traditional harvest methods and ecological knowledge.

Technical Training Schedule

February to May

  • Students are immersed in full day learning activities all week
  • Students will engage in specific high level technical training to acquire Transport of Canada Certifications
  • Students will develop and demonstrate communications skills relevant to the profession
  • Students will engage in tactile learning activities and celebrate cultural traditions

May to August

Students earn WEx 12A & 12B credits while serving a minimum 6-week practicum placement on vessels.

Students transition to paid employment upon successful completion of their practicum placement. Students must be prepared to temporarily relocate to other coastal communities to complete practicum.

Employment Opportunities

There are approximately 24 Aboriginal commercial fishing enterprises on the west coast actively searching for qualified new recruits. There are hundreds of non-Aboriginal skippers also looking for qualified new deck hands. Transport Canada certifications acquired in the C-FIT program open the door to many other marine sector employment opportunities.

The C-FIT Program is always looking for suitable commercial fishing vessels and skippers to mentor our students.

To learn more about how you can get involved, contact

Fiona MacRaild, General Manager Salish Strait Seafoods
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Phone: 250-508-4400
Jocelyn Sam, Office Assistant Salish Strait Seafoods Office: 778-351-4400