Pleasure Craft Operator Card

The Competency of Operators of Pleasure Craft Regulations require operators of pleasure craft fitted with a motor and used for recreational purposes to have proof of competency on board at all times.

Proof of competency can take 1 of 3 forms:

  1. A Pleasure Craft Operator Card;
  2. Proof of having successfully completed a boating safety course in Canada prior to April 1, 1999; or,
  3. A completed rental-boat safety checklist.

The operator card is good-for-life.

These requirements are being phased in over ten years.

Date at which proof of competency is required *

How this applies to operators** of pleasure craft fitted with a motor and used for recreational purposes:

  • All operators born after April 1, 1983, proof of competency required on board by September 15, 1999.
  • All operators of craft under 4 m in length, including personal watercraft, proof of competency required on board by September 15, 2002.
  • All operators, proof of competency required on board by September 15, 2009.

* These requirements apply in areas outside the Northwest and Nunavut Territories at this time.

** Applies to non-residents operating their pleasure craft in Canadian waters after 44 consecutive days. Operator card or equivalent issued to a non-resident by their state or country will be considered as proof of competency.

 

Click here to obtain your Pleasure Craft Operator Card.


Source of text: Transport Canada 
http://www.tc.gc.ca/marinesafety/debs/obs/paperwork/paperwork_operator.htm


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