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Newfoundland Boating License


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

Newfoundland boating regulations

Quebec boating license

Do you need a boat license in Newfoundland? In Newfoundland, all operators of motorized boats used for recreational purposes in canadian waters must have a boat license regardless of age or the type of motor used.

Successfully completing our course means that you are certified in all the Canadian provinces and territories including: Ontario, Quebec, British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland, Nunavut, Yukon and Northwest Territories.

3 easy steps to get your Newfoundland 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 today!

  • 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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Online course available 24/7

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Easy to use course
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Great overview before completing the TC test
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5 days ago
Thank you very much .I feel like I know a lot more about boating now more than I ever did before.
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5 days ago
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Do you need a boating license in Newfoundland?

Famously known as ''The Rock'' because it is a monstrous mass of rock and gravel shooting out of the water towards the sky, Newfoundland is at the top of the list for any power boater! The extremely spectacular 9656 km of rugged coastline from which Newfoundland is carved is filled with hundreds of sheltered coves and will delight any power boater.

And don't worry, there is plenty of water to go around for all boaters in order to satisfy the adventures they wish to embark on! Cruise along the Exploits and Gander Rivers and observe the natural beauty of the shoreline as you try to snare a combative salmon or a herring. You can glide on Red Indian Lake and one of the many coves on your jet-boat or waterskis, or even try to hook a delicious trout from your yacht.

For the more adventurous of boaters, take the yacht, sailboat or zodiac onto the great Atlantic to view the spectacular sight of the gigantic icebergs. If your timing is right, you will spot the hundreds of whales migrating north and crossing paths with the bergs floating southward. For a triple treat, time your outing to coincide with the many flocks of migrating gannets for which Newfounland is so famous!

But remember, you must carry proof of competency like the Pleasure Craft Operator Card to navigate the waters of Newfoundland and Labrador regardless of your age or the type and size of motor used. It is mandatory for all vessels including yachts, PWC, pontoons,  houseboats and sailboats equipped with a motor.

It's the law, in Newfoundland and Labrador, and in the rest of Canada!

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 Newfoundland

How can I replace my Newfoundland lost or broken card?

You can either call us at 1-800-607-2329, or email  us at to find if you got your card through our school ( or Canadian Safe Boating School). If you are sure that we issued your card, just order your new Pleasure Craft Operator Card online.

Should I buy the printed Newfoundland 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, shipping included. Order your printed study guide online.

The Newfoundland boating license is required from what age?

There is no minimum age for taking the exam to obtain the pleasure craft operator card (PCOC), 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 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 Newfoundland for a quick revision of my nautical know-how?

free online study guide for Newfoundland 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 Newfoundland 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 Newfoundland pleasure craft license?

In Newfoundland, 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 Newfoundland?

The way to transfer boat ownership in Newfoundland is the same as for every other province in Canada. To transfer a licence to your name in Newfoundland, 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, go to Buying or selling a boat in Newfoundland.

Need more information on boat registration in Newfoundland?

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 Newfoundland.

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