Human Powered Craft

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Do I need proof of competency to operate a non-powered pleasure craft?
No. The Competency of Operators of Pleasure Craft Regulations only apply to pleasure craft fitted with a motor.

Do I need proof of competency to paddle a pleasure craft fitted with a motor and the motor is turned off?
Yes.

Do I need proof of competency to operate a sailboat?
You need proof of competency if the sailboat is fitted with an auxiliary motor, even when under sail.

Required by Size & Type

Sailboards

Paddleboats and watercycles less than 6 m (19'8") in length

Canoes, kayaks, rowboats and rowing shells less than 6 m (19'8") in length

Unpowered pleasure craft less than 6 m (19'8") in length

Kayakers and Canoeists

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Make sure you are seen on the water. Even in bright, calm conditions a kayak can be nearly invisible. It is especially difficult for power-driven vessel and large vessel operators riding high in the water to see kayaks. Choose bright colours such as red, yellow or orange for your flotation device and kayak. Also, remember to keep signalling devices within hand’s reach in case of emergency.

Sea kayakers should be aware of their environment (water temperatures, tides, currents, wind and maritime traffic).

Sea-Kayaking Safety Guide
Information on current regulations governing Sea-Kayaking

cover of sea kayaking safety guide: two kayakers in open water
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