Boat Operator Accredited Training (B.O.A.T.)

Organization Sponsor: Lifesaving Society


Program Description

As of September 2002, if you drive a powered boat under 4m in length (including dingys and personal watercraft like Jet Skis or Sea-Doos), you need to get the Canadian Coast Guard Pleasure Craft Operator (PCO) card - no matter what your age.

Since April 1999, federal regulations have required operators of any size powerboat who were born after April 1, 1983 to earn the card. In September 2009 the regulation affects all operators of any age or any size powerboat.

How to get carded

You earn the PCO card by scoring 75% on a test of basic boating safety knowledge at the end of the Lifesaving Society’s Boat Course. Or you can take the Boat Study Guide home and take the test when you’re ready. The Pleasure Craft Operator card is good for life and must be carried at all times while operating a powerboat.

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