All motorized boat operators in Canada are required by law to have a Pleasure Craft Operator Card (more commonly known as a boating license), regardless of age, length of boat or engine horsepower.
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Our animated and narrated Boating Safety Course is perfect for all ages. Study from your Smartphone, Tablet or Desktop and switch between devices at any time. Get certified now and cruise through at your own pace. We'll automatically track your progress as you go.
We love getting on the water as much as you do, so we've taken our passion for boating and turned our skill & experience into brilliant illustrations, live video and interactive content that you can actually learn from. Need your Pleasure Craft Operator Card and want to get out there with confidence? Let's do it!
Think of us as your boating coaches and get in touch by phone, email or chat anytime you need our support! Our bilingual team of safe boating experts can answer any questions you have about getting your Boating License, Canada's boating laws or they can even just hook you up with some great tips and advice to help you enjoy your time on the water.
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What are the 9 most asked questions by our customers? Read on ...
Who is BOATsmart!
BOATsmart!® is an official Transport Canada Accredited Course Provider. We educate and certify boaters for their Pleasure Craft Operator Card. We are also a leading provider of recreational boat insurance and boating safety gear. Just like you we're boaters, and our mission is to empower you to boat with confidence.
Who needs a boat license?
If you operate a motorized boat in Canada, you need a Pleasure Craft Operator Card*. The federal law applies to all ages, all boat lengths and all engine sizes â€“ even electric trolling motors and sailboats equipped with engines. If you're stopped without a boating license you'll face a minimum $250 fine. Once obtained, your BOATsmart! Operator Card is good for life.
How old do you have to be to take the exam for boaters?
Boaters of any age can take the online boating course and exam for boaters - Even boaters under 16 years of age. In fact, we recommend young boaters take the online boating course, obtain their Operator Card and then head out on the water with an experienced boater to put their knowledge into practice.
How hard is the Transport Canada Boating Safety Test?
Well first off, we'll help you progress through the Canadian boating course, and you'll learn everything you need to pass and obtain your operator card. So it isn't that hard, since you'll already know everything! The boating safety exam consists of 50 multiple choice questions so all of the answers are right there for you. You'll need at least 75% (38 out of 50) to pass, but don't stress because the Boating Safety Test is open book!
What happens if I don't pass?
No problem. We want you to be confident when you're out on the water. So your one-time fee includes unlimited free boating test retries and unlimited access to our online boating course. You can try the exam once every 24 hours. Just keep in mind that Transport Canada rules will require you to redo the online boating course if you happen to fail your second attempt.
Is my boat license good for life?
Yes! You did all of that studying so we think you deserve it! Your BOATsmart!® Operator Card will never expire and is good for life. However, it's still a great idea to brush up on your knowledge each season, so we've included lifetime BOATsmart! Coach animated refresher lessons in your one-time course fee.
Why do more Canadians choose BOATsmart!® Exam?
Great question. We know boating is your passion, so we think you deserve more than just an exam for boaters. Only BOATsmart!® offers the boating license exam plus discounts on recreational boat insurance, boating safety gear, family pricing and free refresher lessons. We're proud that more Canadians choose BOATsmart!® and we believe its because we help you boat with confidence, not just take an exam.
Is BOATsmart!® Transport Canada Accredited?
Yes. BOATsmart!® is an official Transport Canada Accredited Pleasure Craft Operator Card provider. What does this really mean? It means that with BOATsmart!® your Operator Card will always be valid and we'll be here if you ever need to replace your card. Unlike some other Course Providers, we're a proud Canadian brand with a team of committed boaters who live and breath what we do!
Am I eligible for boat insurance discounts when I get my card?
Only when you obtain your Pleasure Craft Operator Card through BOATsmart!®, you're eligible for up to 25% off your annual policy premium. That's an exclusive benefit offered only through BOATsmart! Assure™.