Education and resources for recreational boaters

From Transport Canada

As a regulator, Transport Canada accredits third-party organizations and businesses (course providers) to provide boating safety education and tests to the public and to issue Pleasure Craft Operator Cards. All fees for courses, tests, and card replacement services are established by course providers. Fees for services may vary among course providers.

Course providers accredited by Transport Canada are listed below in alphabetical order. Contact a course provider to find services in your area.

Following the list are other resources for recreational boaters.  

List of accredited course providers

  • Académie de Sécurité Nautique *
    Telephone: 418-668-0047
    Language: F
    Classroom Courses: QC
  • AceBoater.com
    Telephone: 1-800-607-2329
    Language: E - F
    Classroom Courses: QC
    Online Study Guide and Test: AVAILABLE
  • Alberta Hunter Education Instructors' Association
    Website not available
    Telephone: 403-252-8474
    Classroom Courses: AB
  • Anchors Away Safe Boating School
    - Website not available
    Telephone: 403-347-8489
    Language: E
    Classroom Courses: AB
  • Aqua Safe
    Telephone: 1-855-561-4625
    Language: E
    Classroom Courses: ON
  • Better Boating Safe Boat Training
    Telephone: 1-877-723-2628
    Language: E
    Classroom Courses: ON
    Online Study Guide and Test: AVAILABLE
  • Boat-Ed.com
    Telephone: 1-800-830-2268
    Language: E
    Online Study Guide and Test: AVAILABLE
  • BOATERexam.com
    Telephone: 1-866-688-2628
    Language: E - F
    Online Study Guide and Test: AVAILABLE
  • BOATsmart!
    Telephone: 1-877-792-3926
    Language: E - F
    Classroom Courses: All Provinces
    Online Study Guide and Test: AVAILABLE
  • Canadian Cadet Organizations *members only
    Telephone: 1-800-627-0828
    Language: E - F
  • Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons
    Telephone: 1-888-277-2628
    Language: E - F
    Classroom Courses: All Provinces
    Online Study Guide and Test: AVAILABLE
  • Drive a Boat Canada
    Telephone: 705-687-1237
    Language: E
    Classroom Courses: ON
  • freecourse.ca
    Telephone: 1-866-729-4521
    Language: E
  • Hurricane Safe Boating
    Telephone: 418-523-7976
    Language: E
    Classroom Courses: ON, QC, NB, NS, PE
  • International Sail & Power Academy Inc.
    Telephone: 250-954-0832
    Language: E
    Classroom Courses: BC, AB, SK, ON, NL, YT
  • Kreps Consultations
    - Website not available
    Telephone: 519-323-4574
    Language: E
    Classroom Courses: ON
  • KTR Training Services
    - Website not available
    Telephone: 902-849-9311
    Language: E
    Classroom Courses: NS
  • Lifesaving Society
    Telephone: 780-415-1755
    Language: E - F
    Classroom Courses: AB, SK, QC, NS, NT
  • National Boating Safety School
    Telephone: 1-800-533-1972
    Language: E - F
    Online Study Guide and Test: AVAILABLE
  • RiverCity Safety
    Telephone: 204-334-2243
    Language: E
    Classroom Courses: MB
    Online Study Guide and Test: AVAILABLE
  • Sail Canada
    Telephone: 613-545-3044 or 1-877-416-4720
    Language: E - F
    Classroom Courses: BC, AB, SK, MB, ON, QC, PE, NS

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Other resources for recreational boaters

  • To learn how to obtain a Pleasure Craft Operator Card, see "Proof of competency for recreational boaters".
  • To ensure that you are fully prepared when going out on the water, schedule a free Pleasure Craft Courtesy Check. A trained boating safety volunteer will check your recreational boat and safety equipment, identify any problems, and discuss safety issues.
  • For general information on safe recreational boating, contact the Office of Boating Safety or refer to the Transport Canada Safe Boating Guide.

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