BOATING LICENSE PRACTICE TEST

Ready to take the official Boating License Course and obtain your Boater Education Card? Test your boating knowledge with our practice test.

Practice Test Question 1 1. Which of the following navigation light types are paddle craft required to display?

That’s correct! Paddle craft or “manually propelled” craft are required to display an all-round light, or lighted lantern when operating at night, or during periods of restricted visibility (such as fog, or heavy rain).

Sorry, that’s incorrect! When paddle craft or “manually propelled” craft are operating at night, or during periods of restricted visibility (such as fog, or heavy rain) they are required to display an all-round light, or lighted lantern.

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Practice Test Question 2 2. Which of the following images correctly identifies the ‘port’ side of a vessel?

That’s correct! The port side of the boat is on your left when you’re looking forward (towards the bow).

Sorry, that’s incorrect! A great way to remember which side of the boat is the port side, is to use this rule of thumb: The word ‘port’ has four letters. So does the word ‘left’. This trick should help you remember that the port is the left side of the boat when you’re looking forward.

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Practice Test Question 3 3. Which of the following is NOT approved for use on a Personal Watercraft (PWC)?

That’s correct! It’s against the law to use an Inflatable life jacket on a Personal Watercraft (PWC) or while being towed. It’s for your own safety to wear a life jacket or buoyant Personal Flotation Device (PFD) like option B or D when you’re operating a PWC.

Sorry, that’s incorrect! You can (and should!) wear a life jacket or buoyant Personal Flotation Device (PFD) while operating a Personal Watercraft (PWC). Life jackets are designed to turn an unconscious person face up in the water and offer a higher level of protection, which is especially important when participating in high impact water sports!

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Practice Test Question 4 4. Which of the following should you keep on your port side when heading upstream?

That’s correct! A green Port-Hand Buoy must always be kept on the left side of your boat when heading upstream. You should always know if you are traveling upstream or downstream so you know which side of a marker buoy you should pass on!

Sorry, that’s incorrect! When approaching a green Port-Hand Buoy, it must be kept on the left side of your boat when you’re heading upstream.

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Practice Test Question 5 5. Which of the following is a Parachute Flare?

That’s correct! Unlike a hand-held flare, or smoke flare, a parachute flare works best during the night-time. When choosing flares, make sure you choose a type that is appropriate for the type of boating you’ll be doing, and the time of day. Remember, flares are only valid for four years from their date of manufacture.

Sorry, that’s incorrect! A parachute flare, when launched, emits a red light and burns for at least 40 seconds. Parachute flares can be seen from a height of 300m. A Parachute flare works best during the night time and can be seen from water, land and air.

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Practice Test Question 6 6. Which of the following is a Swimming Buoy?

That’s correct! A designated swimming area will be marked with white Swimming Buoys. You should stay well clear of Swimming Buoys.

Sorry, that’s incorrect! A Swimming Buoy is always white in colour and does not have any additional marks, unlike the Diving Buoy for example, which always carries a red flag with a white diagonal stripe.

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Practice Test Question 7 7. In which of the following images are you the Stand-On Craft?

That’s correct! If you are the Stand-On Craft, you have the right-of-way and can maintain your speed and direction when approaching other power-driven boats. You should always be aware and remain alert in case the operators of the other boats are not following the navigation rules.

Sorry, that’s incorrect! A Stand-On Craft has the right-of-way when approaching other power-driven boats. A simple way to decipher powerboat navigation lights is to remember this: If you see a green light you can ‘go’, it means another power-driven boat is approaching from your port (left) side. If you see a red light you should ”stop’, it means another power-driven boat is approaching from your starboard (right) side.

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Practice Test Question 8 8. A boat is approaching you head-on, what is your course of action?

That’s correct! Neither boat has right-of-way. Both boats must take early and substantial action to steer clear of the other boat by moving to their right.

Sorry, that’s incorrect! When power-driven boats are approaching each other head-on, neither boat has the right-of-way. Both boaters must alter their direction in this situation. Don’t forget that the type of craft you’re operating and the type of craft you’re approaching also determines which boater has the right-of-way. For example, an emergency craft always has right-of-way and all boats must steer clear.

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Practice Test Question 9 9. Which of the following displays how passengers should be safely seated on board a small aluminum boat?

That’s correct! Distributing passenger weight evenly allows for a smooth and safe ride.

Sorry, that’s incorrect! Passengers on a small power-driven boat (or human-powered craft) should be sitting evenly so the weight is distributed evenly throughout the boat. Having too much weight on one side can negatively affect the performance of the boat and ultimately your safety!

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Practice Test Question 10 10. What is the legal limit for a boat operator’s maximum blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level (depending on the state in which they’re operating)?

That’s correct! In most states, it is illegal to operate any vessel with a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) level of 0.08% or greater. Remember, you should NEVER operate a boat while impaired by alcohol!

Sorry, that’s incorrect! In most states, it is illegal to operate any boat with a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) level of 0.08% or greater. Alcohol impairs your motor skills, judgment and reaction time. You should NEVER operate a boat while impaired by alcohol!

 

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