March 2024 - National Boating Safety School

What is Proof of Competency for Boaters?

March 6, 2024

According to the Competency of Operators of Pleasure Craft Regulations (SOR/99-53), all boaters who are operating a motorized pleasure craft for recreational purposes on Canadian waters require proof of competency. This applies even if the boat’s motor is turned off. Exceptions apply in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut, and in the case of seaplanes. Indigenous Peoples Read more ›

How to Report a Boating Accident

In Canada, many of the laws governing safe driving of motorized boats are similar to those governing safe driving of other motor vehicles. For example, to operate a pleasure craft legally in Canada, you need: An official Canadian boating license, the Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC) To be sober To have appropriate safety equipment on Read more ›

Life Jackets and Buoyancy Regulations

In Canada, you are required by law to have an appropriate PFD for each person on board a boat, even if they do not always wear it. It’s every boater’s responsibility to follow life jacket rules and choose the right size and type for each passenger. To figure out which life jacket to wear or Read more ›

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