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You must get your Saskatchewan Boat License (also called a Pleasure Craft Operator Card or PCOC) to drive a motorized boat in Saskatchewan. Your Saskatchewan Boat License covers you to go boating anywhere in Canada where motorized boating is permitted.

Boaters caught operating a boat on Saskatchewan’s waterways without a Boating License will receive a minimum fine of $250.

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Boating in Saskatchewan? The FAQs.

Is my Saskatchewan Boat License the same thing as a Pleasure Craft Operator Card?
Yes, your Saskatchewan Boat License is a Canadian Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC). It’s just more commonly known as a ‘boating license’. The PCOC is a federal competency card, which you must have in order to legally drive a motorized boat in Canada.
Can I use my Saskatchewan Boating License to operate a boat in other provinces?
Yes, your Saskatchewan Boat License is approved for boating on any of Canada’s public waterways, where motorized boating is allowed. Know the regulations for lakes in other provinces before you go (some lakes may restrict boating activity to paddle sports only).
Do I need a Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC) to boat in Saskatchewan?
Yes, you must have your Canada Boat License or PCOC to legally drive a motorized boat anywhere in Canada. The Pleasure Craft Operator Card can also be used to operate a boat in more than 40 U.S. states if you plan on boating while on vacation in the south.
How do you get a Saskatchewan Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC)?
To legally obtain a PCOC you must take the Transport Canada Approved BOATsmart! Course and pass the Boating Safety Test. You can take the Official Test online from home, and print your temporary PCOC right away once you pass the Test!
How long does it take to become a certified boat operator and get my Saskatchewan Boat License?
Canada’s Online Boating Course and Transport Canada Test take 3 hours to complete. You can print your Temporary Boating License Card immediately once you pass the Test, and your permanent PCOC will arrive in the mail within 4 weeks.
Do boats need to be insured in Saskatchewan?
No, boats in Saskatchewan do not require boat insurance. However, boat insurance is offered to Canadian boat owners for a good reason! It's smart to have premium boat coverage. Insure your boat with BOATsmart! Assure and save up to 25%!
Is there a minimum age to get my Saskatchewan Boat License?
No, there is no minimum age to obtain your Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC) in Saskatchewan, but there are supervision requirements and horsepower restrictions for young boat operators. See below for more information.
Who enforces Saskatchewan's boating laws?
The boating laws and regulations in Saskatchewan are enforced by Saskatchewan's Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).
How can I keep my knowledge up-to-date if I never need to renew my Saskatchewan boating license?
Boating rules and regulations in Saskatchewan may change as the years pass, and it can be really helpful for boaters to refresh their knowledge on boating skills like how to dock your boat in the wind or how to anchor your boat for an overnight stay on the water. There's also lots to remember each season about the safety equipment you need to have on your boat. That's why we've created our free BOATsmart! Knowledge Base and if you would like to have a boating handbook with you on the boat, you can do that too! Order a BOATsmart! Study Guide for a handy on-the-water reference.

Saskatchewan’s boating laws & fines:

Failure to carry a Pleasure Craft Operator Card

Operating a PWC under 16 years of age

Violation of age and horsepower restrictions

Operating a vessel in an unsafe manner

Insufficient number of Transport Canada approved lifejackets or PFDs (Warning: the fine applies for EACH missing or improper lifejacket or PFD)

Saskatchewan’s laws for boating & alcohol.

  • The fines and penalties for driving a boat while under the influence of alcohol in Saskatchewan are the same as those for operating a motor vehicle while under the influence.
  • A boat operator’s Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) level cannot exceed 80 mg. This is the legal alcohol limit in Saskatchewan.
  • There is NO difference between drunk driving & drunk boating.
  • Boat passengers may consume alcohol on board a boat in Saskatchewan so long as the boat is licensed for alcohol consumption, or the boat has a permanent toilet, cooking facilities, sleeping facilities and it is anchored or docked.
  • Contact the Saskatchewan Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) for more information about the laws for boating with alcohol in Saskatchewan.

Saskatchewan's age & horsepower restrictions.

12 years of age & under: Can operate a boat without supervision so long as the engine is not more than 10 horsepower and they have proof of competency. They are not allowed to operate a PWC under any conditions.
12-16 years of age: Can operate a boat without supervision as long as the engine is not more than 40 horsepower and they have proof of competency. They are not allowed to operate a PWC under any conditions.
16+ years of age: Can operate a boat or PWC without supervision or horsepower restrictions so long as they have proof of competency.

How to get a boat license in Saskatchewan:

A Pleasure Craft License or ‘boat license’ is a document and a set of I.D. numbers. The document must be on board your boat at all times and the numbers must be displayed on the bow of your boat at all times.

Do I need a Pleasure Craft License?

All motorized boats and PWCs in Saskatchewan powered by 10 horsepower or more are required to have a Pleasure Craft License. The number must be displayed on both sides of the bow, above the waterline, as far forward as possible, in block letters at least 7.5cm high that contrast with the colour of the boat.

You can obtain a 10 year license for free from Service Canada. You must renew the license after the 10 year period has expired.

How to get a Pleasure Craft License

You can obtain a 10 year license for free one of the following two ways:

Option 1: Apply for a free Pleasure Craft License online.
Option 2: Download a paper application form and mail the form to the Pleasure Craft Licensing Centre at the following address:

  • Pleasure Craft Licensing Centre
    P.O. Box 2006
    Fredericton, New Brunswick
    E3B 5G4

Wondering how to officially register your boat in Saskatchewan? There are added benefits to boat registration, but a fee will apply. Click here for more information.

Go boating, Saskatchewan!


Over 12% of Saskatchewan is covered by lakes and rivers. Seriously - that’s a whole lot of boating. Spend the day on the crystal blue waters of Barrier Lake, located at the base of Mount Baldy, or plan a weekend trip to Meadow Lake Provincial Park to explore one of it’s 25 lakes. Both spots offer easy boating access, so getting out for a day on the water is a breeze. For more information on Saskatchewan’s boating access areas, check out Discover Boating’s marina finder. Just remember to get your Saskatchewan Boat License before launching your boat!

If you’re in search of a more peaceful time on the water, La Ronge Provincial Park is the perfect spot to paddle out for the day. You’ll find over 100 lakes and 1300 islands to explore. If reeling in a trophy pike is more your style, hit up Athabaska Lake - just be sure to check out Saskatchewan's current Anglers Guide for the recent fishing regulations for your area and be sure to pick up your Saskatchewan fishing license.

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