Boating Safety Course in Canada valid in each province

Must I take a course before I write the test?

No. While we strongly recommend everyone to take a boating safety course, you may challenge the test without taking a course.

Important Note: You cannot challenge the boating safety test online. You must arrange to write the test in-person and under the direct supervision of a Transport Canada accredited course provider.

Why take a boating safety course?

  • To improve the safety of all boaters and the boating environment.
  • To get your Pleasure Craft Operator Card as required by the regulation.
  • To learn about your responsibility.
  • To make your boating experience enjoyable for everyone.

How much is a boating safety course in Canada?

The online course is $ 59.95  and may be completed using a desktop computer, laptop, or mobile device. 

How long does the Canada boating course take?

The boating safety course takes about 4 hours to complete. It's a mandatory 3 hour course + the final test at the end.

How many chapters is in the Canadian boating safety course?

The Canadian boat course includes 6 chapters that are easy to read and understand. 

What is covered in the course?

The course covers a full range of basic boating information such as:

  • minimum safety equipment requirements required on board your boat;
  • the Canadian Buoy system;
  • how to share waterways;
  • a review of all pertinent regulations;
  • and how to respond in an emergency situation.

I took a boating safety course in the US and have a dated certificate. Is it an acceptable proof of competency?

No. If you are a Canadian resident, the course must be taken in Canada.