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.

Information provided by third-party organizations is not subject to official languages, privacy and accessibility requirements. Please read our third-party disclaimer.

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List of accredited course providers

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

Full list of accredited course providers
  • Académie de Sécurité Nautique (available in French only)
    Telephone: 418-668-0047
    Language: French
    Classroom courses: QC
  • AceBoater.com
    Telephone: 1-800-607-2329
    Language: English and French
    Classroom courses: QC
    Online study guide and test: Available
  • Alberta Hunter Education Instructors' Association
    Language: English
    Telephone: 403-252-8474
    Classroom courses: AB
  • Anchors Away Safe Boating School
    Telephone: 403-347-8489
    Language: English
    Classroom courses: AB
  • Aqua Safe
    Telephone: 1-855-561-4625
    Language: English
    Classroom courses: ON
  • Better Boating Safe Boat Training
    Telephone: 1-877-723-2628
    Language: English
    Classroom courses: ON
    Online study guide and test: Available
  • Boat-Ed.com
    Telephone: 1-800-830-2268
    Language: English
    Online study guide and test: Available
  • BOATERexam.com
    Telephone: 1-866-688-2628
    Language: English and French
    Online study guide and test: Available
  • BOATsmart!
    Telephone: 1-877-792-3926
    Language: English and French
    Classroom courses: All Provinces
    Online study guide and test: Available
  • Canadian Cadet Organizations (members only)
    Telephone: 1-800-627-0828
    Language: English and French
  • Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons
    Telephone: 1-888-277-2628
    Language: English and French
    Classroom courses: All Provinces
    Online study guide and test: Available
  • Drive a Boat Canada
    Telephone: 705-687-1237
    Language: English
    Classroom courses: ON
  • freecourse.ca
    Telephone: 1-866-729-4521
    Language: English
  • Hurricane Safe Boating
    Telephone: 418-523-7976
    Language: English
    Classroom courses: ON, QC, NB, NS, PE
  • International Sail & Power Academy Inc.
    Telephone: 250-954-0832
    Language: English
    Classroom courses: BC, AB, SK, ON, NL, YT
  • Kreps Consultations
    Telephone: 519-323-4574
    Language: English
    Classroom courses: ON
  • KTR Training Services
    Telephone: 902-849-9311
    Language: English
    Classroom courses: NS
  • Lifesaving Society
    Telephone: 780-415-1755
    Language: English and French
    Classroom courses: AB, SK, QC, NS, NT
  • National Boating Safety School
    Telephone: 1-800-533-1972
    Language: English and French
    Online study guide and test: Available
  • RiverCity Safety
    Telephone: 204-334-2243
    Language: English
    Classroom courses: MB
    Online study guide and test: Available
  • Sail Canada
    Telephone: 613-545-3044 or 1-877-416-4720
    Language: English and French
    Classroom courses: BC, AB, SK, MB, ON, QC, PE, NS

Resources for recreational boaters

Pleasure craft operator card information

To learn how to obtain a Pleasure Craft Operator Card, see Proof of competency for recreational boaters.

Free safety check

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.

Boating safety app

Getting ready for a boat ride? Make sure to download the Discover Boating app on your smartphone. It gives you information about the key rules, guidelines and best practices that will help you and your family stay safe on water.

Safe Boating Guide

A Transport Canada guide to safety tips and requirements for your pleasure craft.

Safe Boating Guide
(PDF, 5.5 MB)

Transport Canada boating safety offices

For general information on safe recreational boating, contact the Office of Boating Safety in your area.

Third-party information liability disclaimer

Some of the information on this page has been provided by external sources. The Government of Canada is not responsible for the accuracy, reliability or currency of the information supplied by external sources. Users wishing to rely upon this information should consult directly with the source of the information. Content provided by external sources is not subject to official languages, privacy and accessibility requirements.

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