Applications are not ranked first come first serve but on their individual merits. The selection of students is based on a combination of GPA, prerequisites, letter of interest, and also depends upon the pool of the applicants.
We also give preference to those students that are currently in their 3rd and 4th year of study.
Depending on your home university, credit can be received from BMSC courses. UBCO students must use the UBC Cross Campus registration process for UBC Vancouver offerings, or must obtain a letter of permission for non-UBC courses.
Credit transfers are the student’s responsibility and should be worked out with the home university prior to coming to Bamfield. Specific questions about credit transfer can be directed to the University Programs Coordinator. Non-member students receive transfer credit from the University of Victoria.
All applicants for summer courses are automatically considered for BMSC scholarships awarded by the Western Canadian Universities Marine Sciences Society (WCMSS). You do not need to apply for BMSC scholarships, all summer and fall applicants are automatically considered for scholarships. We will let you know if you received one with your acceptance notice.
Courses at BMSC are considered the same as courses taken from your university so you may be eligible for financial assistance from your university. Contact the Financial Aid Officer at your institution for more information.
Fees consist of two parts: 1) Tuition and 2) BMSC fee.
Tuition: must be paid directly to a member university before commencement of a course (just like any course you’ve ever taken at your university). Only non-credit (auditing) students pay tuition to BMSC.
BMSC fee: payable to BMSC, and due in full upon arrival. The BMSC fee includes the full cost of your room and board, and a user fee. There will be time on the first day of your course to pay fees. BMSC accepts cash, money order, cheque, debit, or credit card. Foreign Students: As BMSC is unable to transact payments in foreign funds or to change foreign traveler’s cheques, please arrange to make all payments in Canadian funds, or pay by Visa, MasterCard, or American Express.
If you are not driving a personal vehicle, you can book bus seats (or charters) through West Coast Trail Express(from Nanaimo or Victoria), or contact Lady Rose Marine Servicesfor details on passenger ferry service between Port Alberni and Bamfield.
To operate small vessels (the Copes) at BMSC, Transport Canada requires the operator to have at a minimum a valid Pleasure Craft Operators Card (PCOC) and a valid Marine Basic First Aid, or any 2-day (minimum 16 hr) First Aid + CPR-C course recognized in provinces or territories. ‘In-person’ or ‘blended’ courses that meet the above criteria are acceptable.
Boat checkouts and safety training by BMSC foreshore staff are also required prior to the start of your course.
Students are not required to operate power boats if they don’t want to. Further, some courses do not involve the use of power boats. However, for many courses it is recommended that students obtain a PCOC and appropriate first aid training so they can operate boats. When they arrive at BMSC, every student in possession of a PCOC (or higher marine safety training) and an 2-day First Aid certificate recognized by a province or territory (e.g. Red Cross, St. John’s) is trained to use our power boats, and given the opportunity to practice their skills prior to being given permission to take the boats outside the inlet.
Fall 2021 Students:
We at the BMSC are excited to potentially offer full use of our Cope fleet for the 2021 Fall Program. This is based on B.C.’s Restart Plan and on B.C. Health Guidelines and restrictions being lifted prior to or during Fall Program. Once BC Health Guidelines permit, boat training and use will be provided to students who hold a valid PCOC certification and 2-day First Aid + CPR-C course (see above). It is necessary to obtain these certifications before arriving at BMSC for the start of the Fall Program, as it is not feasible once the program has begun. Operating boats at BMSC is entirely optional.
The Bamfield Health Centre is located at 353 Bamfield Road.
Regular business hours: Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm. Phone: 250-728-3312 (Nurse also on-call 24-hrs)
The nurse sometimes leaves the Centre to make house calls or deliveries, therefore it is recommended that you call ahead from BMSC before going to the Health Centre, even during Business Hours. Also, note that there is no cell phone service directly outside of the Health Clinic. The closest cell phone service spot is just South of the Centre at the top of the hill on Bamfield Rd (above the hotel/pub).
The village of Bamfield is also on the 911 system. 911 dispatch can task the appropriate assistance in any emergency.
There are two grocery stores: The Market (east Bamfield) and the Bamfield Mercantile and Marine, (west Bamfield) – both stores sell liquor. There is a café, a restaurant, a pub and hotel, a building supply and home hardware store (some rain gear), a marine supply store (some rain/camping gear – they also patch flat tires!), 1 automobile gas bar, 2 marine gas stations, 2 campgrounds, 2 community parks, and several B&B’s.
There are no banks in Bamfield. There is an ATM at The Market and some businesses offer cash back.
BMSC has implemented a scent-free workplace environment. Exposure to scented products can adversely affect a person’s health. In high concentrations, scented products may trigger a negative response for those with allergies or chemical sensitivities. Students and visitors are asked to be considerate in their use of products such as perfume, makeup, shampoo, deodorant, etc. or from other products such as air fresheners, cleaners, etc.
Students attending courses must live in on-site accommodations but camping excursions may be part of your specified courses. You can also bring camping gear for personal camping on weekends or free time!