Rental boat safety

Boat rental agencies, and people who are planning to rent a pleasure craft, will find important safety information on this page.

The resources here are offered in collaboration with the Canadian Safe Boating Council.

Rental boat safety checklists

A rental boat safety checklist is a ready-to-use safety briefing. Rental agencies use the checklist to review safety information with clients before they head out onto the water. Clients check the boxes on the list to confirm they have understood each item.

Checklists include information on boat operation, boating safety rules, local hazards, and what to do in an emergency. Safety checklists are available for many different kinds of boats and personal watercraft.

Anyone operating a power-driven boat in Canada must carry proof of competency while on board. Your completed rental boat safety checklist is considered proof of competency.

Download your checklist:

Comments and questions can be sent directly to Transport Canada at

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