Pleasure Craft Operator Card

 All operators, proof of competency required on board.

The Competency of Operators of Pleasure Craft Regulations require operators of pleasure craft fitted with a motor and used for recreational purposes to have proof of competency on board at all times.

Proof of competency includes:

  • A Pleasure Craft Operator Card
  • If you hold any certificate on the List of Marine Safety Certificates Recognized for the Issuance of a Pleasure Craft Operator Card, you already meet the requirements of the Competency of Operators of Pleasure Craft Regulations – you just need to make sure you carry your certificate on board. Proof of certification may include original documentation or a copy of the certificate.
  • Proof of having successfully completed a boating safety course in Canada prior to April 1, 1999; or,
  • A completed rental-boat safety checklist.

The operator card is good-for-life.

These requirements were phased in over ten years. Proof of competency is now required on board for all pleasure craft operators.

While there are a number of programs available which lead to receiving your PCOC, we recommend the Oakville Power and Sail Squadron as an excellent source of safe boating training.

Supported by the Town of Oakville and Local Boaters
Unit # 008 of the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary

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