Job Opening: Marine Emergency Duty (MED) Instructors

About WMI

Western Maritime Institute (WMI) is the largest private marine training institution in Canada and the largest Transport Canada certified marine training provider on the West Coast. Did you have an instructor that left a great impression on you as a young sailor? Are you interested in being that role model for future and current mariners that are upgrading their skills? WMI is expanding again and looking for instructors at both our Ladysmith and Surrey Campuses.



Job Summary

This position will teach all Marine Emergency Duty related courses including Basic Safety, Proficiency in Survival Craft, Advanced Firefighting, Domestic Vessel Safety etc. To apply, provide a resume and cover letter with references that clearly outline how you meet the criteria below. Send your email to Please put “MED Instructor” in the subject line.

Language Requirements

You must be fluent in all aspects of the English language including oral, written, and reading communication skills. This is a critical requirement.

Residency Requirement

You must be legally allowed to work in Canada.


Certificate of Competency is not necessarily required; commensurate experience as a fireman or in the Canadian Navy will be considered on an individual basis.

Teaching Qualifications

All instructors must have experience in course and curriculum development or have attended a course on this subject. Course instructors must hold teaching qualifications incorporating training in instructional techniques, educational technology, and evaluation methods. These qualifications may be obtained in the following ways:

  • Through a federal government department in Canada, or an overseas government which operates a recognized teacher training program;
  • Through a provincially accredited post-secondary institution in Canada;
  • Through a firm in Canada recognized by a provincial government or by the federal government, and which is engaged in providing education and training or educational technology consulting services. i.e. Instructor Development Program (IDP) Level 1 and 2.


Minimum: experience as an Officer in charge of a navigational watch at sea; or, instructor at a Navy Damage Control School; or, qualification as a shipboard Firefighter in the RCN.


Comprehensive knowledge of the principle and theories of marine damage control, firefighting, search and rescue, and associated activities. Knowledge of the Canada Shipping Act, SOLAS and associated regulations.


This position may require travel, as WMI delivers courses as far east as Ontario and north to Nunavut.


Email with a cover letter and resume as described above. Please put “MED Instructor” in the subject line.