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The easiest and most comprehensive way to
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Nova Scotia Boating License


Study at your own pace - First chapter is free - Free retries
The card is good for life - Special this week $ 37.95 $ 49.95

3 easy steps to get your Nova Scotia 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 $ 37.95 (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

Print your Nova Scotia boating license

  • 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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Cours en ligne disponible en tout temps 24 heures sur 24

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Support en ligne par téléphone courriel et clavardage

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Reviews Official boating safety course

Rated 4.7/5 based on 2657 customers reviews
1 days ago
This course works very well . it makes sure you get all information needed to pass the test
1 days ago
The course was straight-forward and covered the material well.
1 days ago
Easy to understand.
2 days ago
Very thorough. And challenging. Made me think
2 days ago
I learned a lot of valuable information, and it was cheap too!
2 days ago
great i had some issues tring to find the correct answers when doing the course. It would be nice...
2 days ago
overall very pleased with the course, the timer was a little too long for a couple of the modules
2 days ago
Easy to follow and understand, helped me pass the test with flying colours.
2 days ago
Good course I received 90% on the exam which is great but wish there was a way to access the 10% i...
3 days ago
I apreciated the narration of the course. It was helpful the listen and read along.
3 days ago
3 days ago
vewry good reno viola seems very friendly!!!!
3 days ago
was a good course, but you should be allowed to continue, whether your time is up or not, some...
4 days ago
Since I do not intend to be on any oceans there should be a test for only on small lakes and rivers
4 days ago
very organized and informative highly recommended!!
4 days ago
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Do you need a Nova Scotia boating licence?

Nova Scotia's claim to fame as Canada's Ocean Playground does not fall on deaf ears for boaters from the rest of the country and around the world! Graced with such waterways as the Northumberland Strait, the Gulf of St. Lawrence, the Gulf of Maine, and of course the Bay of Fundy which has the world's highest tides twice a day (up to 5 stories high), not to mention Nova Scotia's numerous lakes and rivers, to name a few, it's largest lake, Lake Ainslie and heritage rivers, Shelburne Heritage River and Margaree River, recreational power boating opportunities are endless.

Deep sea fishing in the great Atlantic Ocean, with its vast variety of fish and other seafoods, waterskiing, jet-skiing, or just cruising along to soak up Nova Scotia's natural wonders are all on the menu and at your finger tips.

You must remember though, in Nova Scotia as well as the rest of Canada, you need your boating licence in order to operate powered watercraft, whether it is a boat, PWC, or any type of vessel which is powered by an engine of any type or size. This includes boats with electric motors, wakeboard boats, pontoon boats and boats for waterskiing. Otherwise you risk a $250 fine. 

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,PEI, Newfoundland, Nunavut, Yukon and Northwest territories.

Group and Family Discounts

Take advantage of our group discounts for family and friends. Register together and get a discount of up to 40% for the online boating course!

Discount for 2 persons

Discount for 3 persons

Discount for 4 persons

FAQ's - Boating in Nova Scotia

How can I replace my 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 Nova Scotia 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 Nova Scotia 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 Nova Scotia for a quick revision of my nautical know-how?

A free online study guide for Nova Scotia 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 Nova Scotia 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 Nova Scotia pleasure craft license?

In Nova Scotia, 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 Nova Scotia?

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

Need more information on boat registration in Nova Scotia?

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 Nova Scotia.

The best and most convenient way to get your Nova Scotia boating license!

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