Non-residents operating their pleasure craft in Canadian waters for more than 45 consecutive days are required to obtain a Pleasure Craft Operator Card, commonly known as a boating license. An operator card or equivalent issued to a non-resident by their state or country may be considered as proof of competency. Please contact us for more details.
Certificates for recognized boating safety courses completed before April 1, 1999 may exempt you from taking the test. If you’ve already taken a course prior to these regulations – and have proof – then that course certificate or card may be accepted as proof of competency. The ORIGINAL course certificate must be carried on board the pleasure craft at all times. Photocopies are not valid.
You can obtain your Pleasure Craft Operator Card by passing the 50 question multiple choice exam offered by BOATsmart!. You must achieve a score of at least 75% to pass the exam and obtain your Operator Card.
A “license” can be revoked, suspended and typically has an expiry date. However, acannot be revoked or suspended and once obtained, the card is good for life.
Although it’s commonly referred to as a boating license, the Operator Card is actually a “Competency Card”. By successfully passing the BOATsmart! Exam and obtaining youryou have proven your competency as a safe boat operator.
The law requiring boat operators to carry a Pleasure Craft Operator Card (or proof of competency) is enforced by peace officers including RCMP, OPP, SQ and Conservation Officers (depending on province and/or jurisdiction). The law requires operators of powered watercraft to carry proof of age as well as a Pleasure Craft Operator Card (or proof of competency) on board at all times.
All operators of power driven pleasure craft (including Personal Watercraft and motorized sailboats) used for recreational purposes within Canada are now required to carry proof of competency. The following are considered proof of competency:
- Recognized Boating Safety Course Certificate (Issued prior to April 1, 1999)
- Rental Boat Safety Checklist
Yes. All BOATsmart! course materials, training programs, and exams have been officially accredited by Transport Canada in English and French.
Yes. BOATsmart! is an official Transport Canada Accredited Pleasure Craft Operator Card provider. BOATsmart! is accredited by Transport Canada to deliver boating safety courses and administer tests for the issuance of Pleasure Craft Operator Competency Cards, including replacement cards, under the Competency of Operators of Pleasure Craft Regulations. 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.