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The easiest and most comprehensive way to
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Manitoba Boating License


  • Study at your own pace.
  • First chapter is free.
  • Unlimited retries.
  • Certified for life.
  • Valid throughout Canada
  • Only $49.95

3 easy steps to get your Manitoba boating license

Étape 1 - Étudiez à votre rythme

Study at your own pace

  • Chapter one is free.
  • Complete and easy-to-read study guide.
  • More than 45 HD videos.
  • Only $49.95 (online course, final test and the card included).

Étape 2 - Faites l'examen en ligne

Take the Final test

  • The boating exam consists of 50 multiple choice questions.
  • Open-book final test.
  • Free exam retries - Risk free.
  • Transport Canada's official final test.

Imprimez votre carte

Go boating!

  • Print your temporary card immediately and start boating now!
  • Your official Pleasure Craft Operator Card will be mailed within 30 days.
  • The card is good for life.

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Need a boating license in Manitoba?

Home to more than 110,000 lakes and rivers, Manitoba offers exceptional boating opportunities. Huge lakes, including Lake Winnipeg and Lake Manitoba, as well as excellent fishing make the province a popular destination for boaters and anglers from around the world. Furthermore, Manitoba’s continental climate provides perfect boating weather during the summer months. Holders of Canada’s Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC), commonly known as a “boating license” can enjoy Manitoba’s white sand shores and some of the clearest waters in the country.

Lake Winnipeg, one of the largest freshwater lakes in the world, offers sandy beaches, stony shores, and excellent fishing. Meanwhile, West Hawk Lake is popular with people wanting to go boating, water skiing and scuba diving.

PCOC holders can explore the caves and coves of the stunning Little Limestone Lake. Its beautiful turquoise waters will make you think you’re in the Caribbean while its rich stocks of northern pike attract anglers from across the country.

Being one of Canada’s few stocked lakes, East Blue Lake has excellent fishing and divers can see up to 60 feet in its crystal clear waters. It also offers fun activities, such as motor boating and jet-skiing.

The man-made Lake of the Prairies offers various types of boat rentals, from pontoons for day trips to houseboats for longer stays. It is also ideal for walleye fishing, rivalled only by Dauphin Lake. Dauphin Lake’s shallow waters are popular among wake-boarders and tubers.

How do I get the Manitoba boating license? 

You can get your Manitoba Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC)—commonly called the Manitoba “boating license”—by passing the Transport Canada boating safety test. To prepare for the test and meet the PCOC competency requirements, you should take the Transport Canada-approved boating safety education course at Ace Boater offers a specially designed boating safety course that you can complete at your own pace and on the device of your choosing. After only a few hours of boating safety training with Ace Boater, you can take the official Transport Canada final test online, print your temporary boating card and get out on the water!

Why do boaters need to have a Pleasure Craft Operator Card?

In Canada, anyone operating a powered pleasure craft is required to carry proof of competency. The Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC) proves the holder knows how to operate a pleasure craft safely. Successfully completing the Ace Boater course ensures you have essential boating knowledge that could save your life, or that of your friends. This includes knowing how to read the water, nautical charts, and buoys, how to avoid collisions, and how to react in emergency situations. On the water, it is important to know the correct terminology because you may need to make decisions quickly. It is vital that those aboard can understand one another easily to avoid accidents. Becoming certified permits the PCOC holder to operate all types of motorized recreational vessels on Canadian waters, from houseboats to personal watercraft, from sailboats with electric motors to wakeboard boats.

Can I go boating in another province?

Yes, the Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC) that you will receive when you successfully complete the Ace Boater course is valid in all Canadian provinces and territories. Additionally, if you want to go boating in the United States of America, the PCOC is recognised as meeting the boating education standards of the United States Coast Guard and the U.S. National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA).

What is the difference between a Pleasure Craft Operator Card and a Pleasure Craft License?

Completing the Ace Boater course qualifies you for the Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC), commonly known as the “boating license”; it is required for anyone operating a motorized vessel. The PCOC is valid for life and there are no renewal fees. Find out more about the Canadian Boating License.

On the other hand, the Pleasure Craft License (PCL) is required for all recreational vessels with an engine of 10 horsepower (7.5 kW) or more. The PCL is a document that attributes a unique license number to each vessel. The pleasure craft licensing system allows Search and Rescue personnel to access your information at any time in the event of an emergency. You must display your pleasure craft license number above the waterline on both sides of the bow, as far forward as practical, and where it is easy to see. The numbers must be in block letters, at least 7.5 cm (3”) high, and in a colour that contrasts with the background. You do not need a pleasure craft licence if a boat is registered.

Why should I pass my boating safety course with Ace Boater?

If you want to learn about boating safety and qualify for your Pleasure Craft Operator Card, Ace Boater is an excellent choice. With Ace Boater you can study at your own pace and you get unlimited retries of the boating exam. The first chapter is free and once you have passed the exam, you are certified for life; you can even download and print a temporary card so you can go boating while you wait for your real card to arrive by post.

The Ace Boater online course is available 24/7 and can be accessed from your computer, tablet or smartphone. Ace Boater provides phone, email and chat support. At Ace Boater, our policy is, and has always been: “satisfaction guaranteed or your money back!

Group and Family Discounts

Take advantage of our group discounts for family and friends. Register together and get a discount for the online boating course!

Discount for 2 persons

Discount for 3 persons

Discount for 4 persons

FAQ - Boating in Manitoba

How can I replace my lost or broken card in Manitoba?

Just call us at 1-800-607-2329, or email us at to find out if you got your card through If you are sure that we issued your card, just order your new Pleasure Craft Operator Card online.

Should I buy the Manitoba printed study guide?

You may use the guide as an aid while you study online. You may also consult it while taking the final test (open-book exam). We strongly recommend that you purchase our printed version of our safe boating guide at the same time as the online course and exam. We will mail it to you in Manitoba, shipping included. Order your printed study guide online.

The Manitoba boating license is required from what age?

There is no minimum age for taking the exam to obtain the boating license in Manitoba, but some restrictions may apply even if you have your boating license:

  • Under 12 years of age with no direct supervision, you may operate a boat with up to 10 hp;
  • Ages 12 to under 16 with no direct supervision, you may operate a boat with up to 40 hp;
  • Under 16 years of age, regardless of supervision, you may not operate a PWC;
  • 16 years of age or older: no hp restrictions.

Even a child who gets the card at age 10 is not required to retake the course at age 16. The PCOC card is good for life.

Why should I choose


  • our students really learn from our HD videos.
  • of our hundreds of illustrations that will help you to better understand the content.
  • our online course is available 24/7.
  • you can access our online support by phone, email or chat.
  • we offer multi-platform training.
  • our Policy has always been, ''satisfaction guaranteed or your money back''!
  • you have a chance to win a 14 foot Princecraft Fisherman aluminum boat with trailer.

Is there a free study guide in Manitoba for a quick revision of my nautical know-how?

A free online study guide for Manitobar is available through It is the ideal reference guide for those who simply want to brush up on their knowledge.

Where can I find a Manitoba boating license practice test?

Aceboater has devised a comprehensive boater practice test for any boaters who wish to check their knowledge or understand their level of comprehension. The test is very well structured and you can try it as often as you wish. TRY our boating license practice test NOW!

How can I get my Manitoba pleasure craft license?

In Manitoba, you need a pleasure craft license if you are driving a boat with an engine of 10hp or more. A Pleasure craft license (not to be confused with the boating license) is a unique identification number which must be displayed on both sides of the bow. Get more info on the pleasure craft license.

Can I easily transfer boat ownership in Manitoba?

The way to transfer boat ownership in Manitoba is the same as for every other province in Canada. To transfer a licence to your name in Manitoba, you must submit the following documents:

  • a completed Form 84-0172E, Application for Pleasure Craft Licence;
  • proof of ownership of the pleasure craft;
  • a signed photocopy of a government issued ID.

For more information on transferring a boat in Manitoba go to Buying or selling a boat in Manitoba.

Need more information on boat registration in Manitoba?

The Canadian Register of Vessels is the official register of all registered or listed vessels, vessels under construction and bare-boat charters. It contains information on each vessel, such as ownership and mortgage details, vessel characteristics, such as tonnage, construction material and type. Get more info about boat registration in Manitoba.

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