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Canadian Boat Safety Course

Since 2009, all operators of motorboats, including personal watercraft, are required to hold an official Canadian boating license, the Pleasure Craft Operator Card. Get yours today with our fun and engaging boat safety course!

Safe Boating Course Group & Family Discounts

41.7% off

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16.7% off

2 boaters


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Boat license at the regular price for a single person

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Get your boating license online in 3 simple steps!

Our boater safety course for the Transport Canada-approved online boating exam is stress-free, easy to understand and includes several interactive videos and quizzes. Retries for your Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC) are unlimited and free of charge. All you need to do is create a student account, study the online boat safety course and take the exam on desktop, laptop or even your phone. Satisfaction is guaranteed!

Study our boater safety course at your own pace

Interactive quizzes and videos make education easy and provide a fun experience for learning everything you need to know to obtain your Canadian boater’s license.

Pass the online boating exam

Our online boating safety course features free and unlimited retries. No worries if you don’t pass the first time! Satisfaction guaranteed.

Get your Pleasure Craft Operator Card

Print your temporary Canadian boating license immediately and wait for your Transport Canada-approved Pleasure Craft Operator Card to arrive by mail.

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More than two million Canadians have received their boating license online

Since 2001, the National Boating Safety School has been a pioneer in the field of boat safety training for the official Canadian boating license. The Pleasure Craft Operator Card is mandatory in Canada and with the help of our boating safety course, getting your boat license is as simple as can be!

Only $ 59.95 with Free Unlimited Trials


Study our boating safety course on any device

Whether you’re on desktop, laptop, tablet or mobile, our Canadian boater safety course is easily accessible at all times. Start the course today from the comfort of your home!

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New Canadian boaters share their experience with our course

I did not think I would get my boat licence so quickly. I printed my temporary licence immediately after my exam and received my card by mail the same week ... Thank you for your efficiency!

- Mrs Lafleur

I saved several dollars of fine. A chance I had my boat licence ;-) Doing the exam on the Internet is so quick!

- Mr Paquet

Wow! I got my boat licence a few hours before I left for my holiday ... Your online nautical exam is very fast. THANK YOU! Thanks to you, I really enjoyed my vacation!

- Mr Fournier

It was important to me that my children would pass their boat licence. The Internet exam was the best way to capture their attention. Bravo! They succeeded with 94% and 98%. You'll feel safer when you're on a boat.

- Mrs Tassé

Lost your Pleasure Craft Operator Card?

No problem, your Pleasure Craft Operator Card is valid for life!

There is no need to study the online boating course again or retake the Transport Canada-approved boating exam. Contact us and we can send you your official Pleasure Craft Operator Card replacement as soon as possible.

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The Competency of Operators of Pleasure Craft Regulations require all operators of pleasure craft fitted with any type of motor and used for recreational purposes to carry proof of competency on board. Get your license today so you can have total peace of mind!

Canadian boat license questions and answers

Who needs a Canadian boating license?

As of 1999, all persons operating a motorized boat in Canada must have a Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC) as proof of competency regardless of the boater's age, the length of the boat or the engine's horsepower. Any person who operates a motorboat without a PCOC may be fined heavily.

How long is my Pleasure Craft Operator Card valid for?

Pleasure Craft Operator Cards are valid for life. In addition, there is no renewal fee or annual fee. You will only need to replace it if it is lost or damaged.

Can I use my Pleasure Craft Operator Card in any province?

Yes! Your Pleasure Craft Operator Card is valid in all provinces across Canada. For more information, please visit our province pages:
British Columbia boating license
Alberta boating license
Manitoba boating license
Saskatchewan boating license
Ontario boating license
Quebec boating license

At what age can you get a boating license in Canada?

There are no age restrictions for taking the online boating safety course and obtaining a Canadian boating license. Pleasure craft operators of all ages are required to obtain and carry the Pleasure Craft Operator Card.

How long does it take to get a boating license in Canada?

Getting a boating license in Ontario or any other province can be done in as little time as one afternoon. The boating safety course generally takes between 3 and 5 hours to complete.

Once you pass the Transport Canada-approved boating exam, you will immediately receive a temporary boat license and will need to wait a few weeks before receiving your Pleasure Craft Operator Card in the mail.

What happens if I fail my boating exam?

The official Transport Canada-approved boating exam can be taken once every 24 hours. You must retake the online boating safety course if you fail the Transport Canada exam more than once.

You can take the boater safety course as many times as you want with unlimited retries and unrestricted access.

What is included in your boater safety course?

The National Boating Safety School boating course contains all of the material you need to prepare for the Transport Canada-approved boating exam and obtain your Pleasure Craft Operator Card. Our online safety course covers boating terms, laws and regulations, as well as safety equipment, safe watercraft operation, navigation requirements, marine buoys and more.

How difficult is the Transport Canada-approved boating exam?

Boating certification exams are open book tests that consist of 50 multiple choice questions approved by Transport Canada. A passing grade is 75% (38 out of 50 questions answered correctly). All of the information required to pass the exam is included in our online boating safety course.

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