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It's the law!

Get one for the cottage, the boat, your wallet, and more! Don't get caught without one! Remember: You must carry an original Pleasure Craft Operator Card on board while operating the pleasure craft, or you risk a $250 fine.

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It's the law!

In Canada, if you operate a boat with a motor and use it for recreation, regulation require you to provide proof of competency - something that shows you have a basic understanding of how to operate your boat safely and know what to do in an emergency. Proof of competency is required with all motor types (including electric trolling motors) and even when the motor is not in use (such as when sailing). Through this course and in the manual you will learn that a variety of documents may serve as proof of competency:

  • Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC) Note: A paper or electronic copy of a PCOC is NOT acceptable.

  • Certificate from a Canadian boating safety course completed before April 1, 1999.

  • Professional Marine Certificate or equivalent.

  • Completed rental boat safety checklist, good only for rental period.

  • for a visitor to Canada, an operator card or other document that meet the requirements of his/her home state or country.

Proof of competency is not required in the following situations:

  • the boat is being operated in the waters of Nunavut or the Northwest Territories.

  • the boat is being used for daily living or subsistence activities (such as hunting and fishing practiced by many Indigenous peoples).

  • a visitor to Canada operating the boat he/she brought into Canada for less than 45 consecutive days.

Be safe and responsible while you enjoy your time on the water!

At AHEIA we offer many outdoor education certificate programs and we pride ourselves in our safety record and quality of programming. Please feel free to visit to discover the many opportunities you have to experience the great outdoors! Enjoy your Pleasure Craft Operator Training and please be safe and responsible on the water!

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