Boating license? We make it simple

Get Your Pleasure Craft Operator Card today, be on the water in just a few hours

Step 1 - Complete the Boating License Course

Complete the Course

Animated & narrated for all ages
Step 2 - Complete the Transport Canada Online Test

Pass the Test

Free unlimited retries
Step 3 - You're Certified! Go Boating with your Pleasure Craft Operator Card

Go Boating

Print your temp card immediately

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Step 1 - Study the Online Boating License Course

Study the Online Course

Our narrated, animated and interactive lessons put you in the captain's seat. Everything you need to pass the test is included. Learn more

Step 2 - Pass the Transport Canada Boating License Test

Pass the Online Test

Unlimited retries are included in the standard one-time registration fee. Take the test from the comfort of your home, no supervisor required.

Step 3 - Get Your Boat License

Print Your Card and Go Boating

Print a temporary card immediately and go boating! Your permanent card is in the mail and is good for life.

What is a Pleasure Craft Operator Card?

A Pleasure Craft Operator Card* (PCOC) proves that you have gained the knowledge to safely operate a motorized pleasure craft on Canada's waterways.

Who needs one?

If you, or any of your family members operate a motorized watercraft, you need your Pleasure Craft Operator Card now. This federal law applies to all operators of motorized watercraft regardless of age, length of boat or engine horsepower - including electric trolling motors and sailboats equipped with engines. It's the law.

How do I get my Operator Card?

Commonly referred to as a boating license, the official PCOC is issued upon successful completion of the BOATsmart!® test. There is no minimum age to obtain a boat license and once certified, your PCOC is good for life.

What are the fines if I don't have my card?

Boaters who fail to carry a Pleasure Craft Operator Card* can be fined a minimum of $250 by any officer of the peace.

It's the law, get your boating license now →

*Pleasure Craft Operator Card or proof of competency.

Study from your phone, tablet or desktop

Study from your phone, tablet or desktop

Everything is included, plus a whole lot more

BOATsmart!®'s Standard One-Time Fee of $49.95+Tax includes the Transport Canada Approved online boating safety course and boat license test, plus a whole lot more.

Wait, there's more...

24/7 Online Course Access

Learn at your own pace from home. Our system automatically tracks your progress.

Refresher Lessons

Need a brush up? No problem. We include free animated refresher lessons.

Boat Insurance Discount

Only your BOATsmart!® card will save you up to 25% off boating insurance.

Free Retries Included

Free, unlimited retries are included. No need to worry if you don't happen to pass on your first attempt.

Live Support

We’re boaters too and we're here to help. Call, email or chat 7 days a week.

Printable Temp Card

Print a temp card immediately. We'll mail you a permanent one that's good for life.

Save On Marine Safety Gear

Your fee includes exclusive discounts on BOATsmart!® safety gear.

Free Boating App

Refresher tips while you're on the water. Get BOATsmart!® CONNECT for iPhone and android.

Nissan Wholesale Pricing

Better than dealer cost pricing? It’s yours exclusively with your BOATsmart!® card.

Families who study together, save together

BOATsmart!® Exclusive — Families can save up to 35% off the Pleasure Craft Operator Card test when they register together. Remember, the Canadian boating license isn't just for dad or your regular captain, its super smart for the whole family to get certified.


Trusted and Recognized by Canadians

We've been making smart and safe boaters for over 10 years!

The BOATsmart!® card is good for life and valid in all Canadian provinces including Ontario, Quebec, British Columbia (BC), Alberta, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, PEI, Saskatchewan and Newfoundland.

Boating in Canada

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 lay applies to all ages, all boat lengths and all engine sizes – 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 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.

*Pleasure Craft Operator Card or proof of competency.