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NS Boating License

Official Nova Scotia Boating licence

Accredited by Transport Canada

3 easy steps

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

Print your card

  • 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

Online course available 24/7

Support en ligne par téléphone courriel et clavardage

Online support by phone, email or chat

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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. It's the law, in Nova Scotia and the rest of Canada!


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 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 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 NS?

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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