Slide 1


Frank Clavel has been a passionate of boating since his youth. This interest grew rapidly since he had the chance to grow up on a water front and therefore have access to many types of boats. Up to this day, Frank has been navigating for over 29 years.


Of course, with all this experience, Frank has developed many skills directly linked to the field of navigation. Here are some examples.

1)His five years of military experience in the infantry made him acquire exhaustive knowledge on cartography and the use of a GPS.

2)Frank has taken many nautical courses with the Quebec Marine Institute, the Canadian Lifesaving Society and the Canadian Power and Sail Squadron.

3)From 1999 to 2003, Frank has worked in law enforcement on the water. This gave him the opportunity to develop a vast knowledge of the law and safety in the nautical field. Furthermore, he received training in search and rescue, first responder and GPS use.

4)Following the new rules and regulations obliging boaters to obtain the new pleasure craft operator card, Frank became an accredited instructor after training with the Canadian Lifesaving Society.

5)Frank then formed an alliance in becoming an affiliate member and accredited by the Canadian Lifesaving Society and the Quebec Marine Institute to give courses to obtain the boat operator card. (The Canadian Lifesaving Society is the largest and most reputated organization across Canada along with the Canadian Power Squadron to offer these courses).

6)In 2000, Frank founded the "Nautical Training School of the Suroît". With the success of his courses for the pleasure craft operator card, Frank added the Power boat handling course, using a GPS and VHF to his list of courses offered. He also offers the cours on Maritime radio (VHF) in affiliation to the Canadian Power and Sail Squadron.

To this day, over 6000 people have been trained in Quebec and Ontario to obtain the pleasure craft operator card.

Since 2007, the Nautical Training School of the Suroît is now accredited by most marine insurance companies in Quebec and Ontario for the course on Power boat handling (This accreditation gives up to 10% discount on boat insurance premiums).

7)Since 2008, the Nautical Training School of the Suroit has developed an expertise as a consultant for marina owners, fire departments and municipalities.  We have guided marinas on their training and development needs. We developed a nautical training program for municipal fire departments. We trained several municipal public security agencies who were sworn in as special constables by the Quebec Public Security Minister for the enforcement of maritime laws on the waters covered by their municipalities. With this expansion, the Nautical Training School of the Suroit has changed name to become the Canadian Nautical Consultants and Training Center.