Frequently asked questions

Is the National Safety Boating School recognized by Transport Canada?
Yes we are, and have been since 2001. You can confirm this on the Transport Canada website at or by calling 1 800 267-6687.

Are senior citizens exempt from obtaining their “Pleasure Craft Operator Card – Boating licence”?
Nobody is exempt from the Boating licence. However, there are specific deadlines with regards to age and type of craft. Please refer to the Law for additional details.

Who must now have their “Pleasure Craft Operator Card – Boating licence”?
As of September 15, 2009 all operators of all ages must have their Pleasure Craft Operator Card (Boating licence) to operate any type of pleasure craft equipped with a motor (even electric motor) , including personal watercrafts.

Will I ever have to renew my operator card (boating licence)?
Your Pleasure Craft Operator Card is good for life. Furthermore, there are no renewal fees and no annual fees. It will need to be replaced, with fees only if lost or damaged.

The national boating safety school Boating licence

The National Boating Safety School (NBSS) was established as a result of the new federal law stating that as of September 15th 2009, all pleasure craft operators must have proof of their competency.

To be faithful to the initial program of Transport Canada, which is to educate pleasure craft operators in order to reduce the number of accidents on Canadian waters, NBSS is proud to have opened these new horizons on nautical safety to tens of thousands of people.

Because of the geographical span of our in-class courses and given the experience and professionalism of our instructors, NBSS is now considered one of the best boating schools in Canada.

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