Office of Boating Safety
- Proof of Competency
- Take a Boating Safety Course
- Apply for a Pleasure Craft Licence
- Choosing a Life jacket or PFD
- Prepare before you sail
- Speed and Alcohol on the Water
Everyone who operates a power-driven boat in Canada needs proof of competency — something that shows they understand the rules of the road and how to safely operate a boat. The most common proof of competency is the Pleasure Craft Operator Card. You can get one by passing an accredited boating safety test.
A boating safety course is the best way to get your Pleasure Craft Operator Card and to learn how to be a safe boater. Find a course provider that offers tests and issues Pleasure Craft Operator Cards in your area.
When you buy a boat, you need to get a pleasure craft licence document with a unique licence number. It’s free. The number allows Search and Rescue personnel to access information in an emergency. You can find Pleasure Craft Licence applications online.
Choosing the right life jacket or Personal Floatation Device (PFD) is very important for keeping you and your onboard guests safe . Here are some tips on choosing the right life jacket or PFD for adults and children; and the labels to look for to be sure it meets Canadian standards. Remember, no matter what life saving device you choose, it won't work if you don't wear it.
Don't mix speed and/or alcohol with boating. Remember that you are responsible for the safety of your guests and others using the waterway. You must always be prepared and alert, since conditions on the water can change quickly.