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,
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.