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With its thousands of rivers, lakes and creeks that fan out across British Columbia, where motor boat aficionados can practise their watersport of choice, whether it be sport fishing, waterskiing, jet-skiing, or just cruising along on their houseboat or pontoon boat, opportunities are unlimited for those who want to make use of any and all waterways in British Columbia. Just taking a ride on the Pacific Ocean or fishing the Fraser River (the longest river in British Columbia) or Columbia River is a feast in itself. Go salmon fishing on the Northern Skeena River or cast your line on the Stikine River which has the largest and healthiest sturgeon population in the world, and you will be on cloud nine! It is a well known fact that jet-skiing and waterskiing are favorite sports on Okanagan Lake.
The Strait of Georgia, Burrard Inlet, Clayoquot Sound, Vancouver River, .......there are too many exciting waterways in British Columbia to name them all, but remember,you need your boating licence, whether for personal watercraft, motorized boats with all types of motors including electric, wakeboard boats, fishing boats, boats for waterskiing, and all other motorized pleasure craft. Otherwise, you risk a $250 fine. It's the law, in Canada and in British Columbia!
The boating license is valid in British Columbia and the rest of Canada.
You can either call us at 1-800-607-2329, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to find if you got your card through our school (aceboater.com or Canadian Safe Boating School). If you are sure that we issued your card, just order your new Pleasure Craft Operator Card online.
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.
There is no minimum age for taking the exam to obtain the bc pleasure craft operator card (PCOC), but some restrictions may apply even if you have your boating license:
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.
A free online study guide for BC is available through Aceboater.com. It is the ideal reference guide for those who simply want to brush up on their knowledge.
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!
In BC, 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.
The way to transfer boat ownership in BC is the same as for every other province in Canada. To transfer a licence to your name in BC, you must submit the following documents:
For more information on transferring a boat in BC go to Buying or selling a boat in BC.
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 BC.