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Practice test with answers

Question 1

What is affixed to a boat to prove that it was built in accordance with the construction requirements?

  • The HIN (Hull Serial Number)

  • The pleasure craft licence

  • The compliance notice

  • The registration

Congratulations!

Sorry, wrong answer.

The compliance notice is affixed to the boat to prove that it is built in accordance with the construction requirements of the Small Vessel Regulations.

Question 2

Which letter represents the stern in the following figure?

Bow-Stern-Port-Starboard

  • A

  • B

  • C

  • D

Congratulations!

Sorry, wrong answer.

The stern (the rear part of the boat) is represented by letter D.

Question 3

Which letter represents the masthead light of the boat in the following figure?

Navigation lights

  • A

  • B

  • C

  • D

Congratulations!

Sorry, wrong answer.

The masthead light is represented by letter A.

Question 4

Which proper route must power driven pleasure craft #1 take?

Rules navigation

  • A

  • B

  • C

  • D

Congratulations!

Wrong Answer

The right answer is D. As a give-way vessel, boat is # 1 is directed to keep out of the way of boat #2, which is a stand-on vessel, by taking early and substantial action to keep well clear.

Question 5

Which illustration represents an information buoy among the following?

  • Diving buoy

  • Swimming buoy

  • Control buoy

  • Information buoy

Congratulations!

Sorry, wrong answer.

The information buoy is the fourth one. It is white, with an orange, open-faced square symbol on two opposite sides and two orange horizontal bands, one above and one below the square symbols.

Question 6

Which illustration represents an anchorage buoy among the following?

  • Isolated danger buoy

  • Mooring buoy

  • Control buoy

  • Anchorage buoy

Congratulations!

Sorry, wrong answer.

The anchorage buoy is the fourth one. It's a buoy that marks the outer limits of designated anchorage areas, is yellow with a black anchor on it.

Question 7

A power-driven vessel shall keep out of the way of a sailing vessel.

Sailing vessel

  • TRUE

  • FALSE

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Sorry, wrong answer.

TRUE. As a stand-on vessel, the sailing vessel has the right of way on the power-driven vessel (give-way vessel). The sailing vessel shall maintain her course and speed.

Question 8

When a boat capsizes, you must try to reach shore as quickly as possible.

Capsizing

  • TRUE

  • FALSE

Congratulations!

Sorry, wrong answer.

FALSE. When a boat capsizes, you must ensure that everyone puts on a personal flotation device or a lifejacket; keep as close to the craft as possible, depending on the circumstances; do a head count of those who were on board and use or display signals to show distress and need of assistance.

Question 9

Which letter represents the starboard side in the following figure?

Bow-Stern-Port-Starboard

  • A

  • B

  • C

  • D

Congratulations!

Sorry, wrong answer.

The starboard side (the right side of a pleasure craft) is represented by letter B.

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Question 10

Which of the following signs represents the restriction that no internal combustion or steam engine is permitted?

  • No internal combustion or steam engine is permitted

  • Power limit

  • Standardized speed limit

  • No skiing north of the sign

Congratulations!

Sorry, wrong answer.

The restriction sign that no internal combustion or steam engine is permitted is the first sign.

Question 11

We are graphic representations depicting bodies of water.

Charts

  • Topographical maps

  • GPS

  • Atlas

  • Charts

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Charts are graphic representations depicting areas of water, depicting the depths, underwater hazards, traffic routes, aids to navigation and adjacent coastal areas.

Question 12

You may use a PFD that is torn as long as it was well repaired by an approved manufacturer.

VFI

  • TRUE

  • FALSE

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Sorry, wrong answer.

FALSE. A PFD becomes void if it has been repaired or altered; therefore, it is no longer usable and must be replaced and discarded.

Question 13

Which of the four types of approved flares must be used only in daylight?

Flares

  • The smoke signal

  • The rocket parachute flare

  • The hand flare

  • The multi-star flare

Congratulations!

Sorry, wrong answer.

The smoke signal, which may be used only in daylight.

Question 14

What type of boat uses yellow lights as navigation light?

Yellow light

  • A government vessel

  • A municipal police vessel

  • Towing vessel

  • Trawler

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Sorry, wrong answer.

A power-driven vessel when towing shall show sidelights, a sternlight, and a towing light (yellow) in a vertical line above the sternlight, and two masthead lights in a vertical line. When the length of the tow, measured from the stern of the towing vessel to the after end of the tow exceeds 200 metres, three such lights in a vertical line shall be displayed.

Question 15

What should we be prepared to show immediately to avoid a collision while navigating in a canoe or kayak?

Kayak

  • A hand flare

  • A pealess safety whistle

  • A compliance notice

  • A watertight flashlight

Congratulations!

Sorry, wrong answer.

The operator of a pleasure craft under sail, of less than 7 metres in length not under power (canoe, kayak), and underway, must have at hand a flashlight or lighted lantern emitting a white light which must be lit in enough time to prevent a collision.

Question 16

Pleasure craft which are powered, even temporarily, by an engine or engines of 7.5 kW (10 hp) or more, and which are kept and operated mainly in Canada, must be licensed or registered (pleasure craft license), regardless of where they operate in Canada.

Pleasure Craft Licence

  • TRUE

  • FALSE

Congratulations!

Wrong Answer

TRUE. You must display your pleasure craft licence number above the waterline on both sides of the bow, as far forward as is practical, and where it is easy to see. The numbers must be in block letters, at least 7.5 cm (3”) high, and must contrast with the colour of the background. You do not need a pleasure craft licence if the boat is registered. Pleasure craft licences are free and valid for ten (10) years.

Question 17

Which buoy marks an area where boating is restricted, among the following?

  • Control buoy

  • Hazard buoy

  • Cautionary buoy

  • Keep out buoy

Congratulations!

Sorry, wrong answer.

The control buoy (the first illustration) fits this definition. A black figure or symbol within the orange circle shows what the restriction is.

Question 18

At what age may we operate a personal watercraft?

Minimum age to drive a PWC

  • 12 years old.

  • From age 16, but from 12 to 15 years it is possible, if the person is accompanied by an adult.

  • 16 years old.

  • 8 years old

Congratulations!

Sorry, wrong answer.

The correct answer is 16 years old. No one under age 16 is allowed to drive a personal watercraft, even under supervision.

Question 19

The following symptoms are related to which condition: slow pulse, confusion, drowsiness, lack of coordination?

  • Insomnia

  • Heat stroke

  • Hypothermia

  • Carbon monoxide poisoning

Congratulations!

Sorry, wrong answer.

These symptoms are related to hypothermia.

Did you know?

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Question 20

If a diving operation takes place from aboard a pleasure craft, flag A (white and blue) from the International Code of signals which means “I have a diver in the water, keep well clear and at low speed” must be displayed.

Diving buoy (Flag A)

  • TRUE

  • FALSE

Congratulations!

Sorry, wrong answer.

TRUE. The boat must display Flag A (blue and white). However, during diving operations you must install a diving flag in the water. It is Flag A, red and white. It marks an area where scuba or other such diving activity is taking place. It is white, and is mounted by a red flag with a white diagonal stripe, extending from the tip of the hoist to the bottom of the fly.

Question 21

Identify this buoy?

Starboard hand buoy

  • Isolated danger buoy

  • Port hand buoy

  • Bifurcation buoy

  • Starboard hand buoy

Congratulations!

Sorry, wrong answer.

This buoy is a starboard hand buoy. It must be kept on the right side of the pleasure craft when heading upstream.

Question 22

Which type of anchor is particularly popular among boaters because of its versatility in all types of seabed?

  • Mushroom anchor

    Mushroom anchor

  • Danforth or Fluke anchor

    Danforth or Fluke anchor

  • Plough anchor

    Grapnel

  • Plough anchor

    Plough anchor

Congratulations!

Sorry, wrong answer.

The correct answer is the plough anchor. When selecting an anchor, its holding power and the type of seabed in which it will be used must be considered. As well, the anchor must be of proper size depending on the pleasure craft.

Question 23

Which factors must be taken into account in determining a safe speed?

Restricted visibility

  • Conditions of visibility and traffic density.

  • The draft in relation to the available depth of water and the manoeuvrability of the vessel.

  • Conditions of wind, sea and current, and the proximity of navigational hazards.

  • All of the above.

Congratulations!

Sorry, wrong answer.

All these answers are correct. Every vessel shall at all times proceed at a safe speed so that you can take proper and appropriate action to avoid collision, and be able to stop in a safe distance, and appropriate to the prevailing circumstances and conditions.

Question 24

What type of fire extinguisher is required on board a boat equipped with an inboard engine?

Fire extinguisher

  • A type fire extinguisher

  • BC type fire extinguisher

  • AB type fire extinguisher

  • B type fire extinguisher

Congratulations!

Wrong Answer

The right answer is BC type fire extinguisher. It is important to know that for boats equipped with an inboard engine, a BC type fire extinguisher is required on board and must be stored in a convenient and easily accessible place. (Class B: fights combustible liquids (flammable liquid, paint, grease, and oil)+ Class C: fights an electrical fire (motor, fuse box and cables)).

Question 25

What does this image represent?

Hull Serial Number (HIN)

  • The HIN (Hull Serial Number)

  • The registration

  • The compliance notice

  • The pleasure craft licence

Congratulations!

Sorry, wrong answer.

The right answer is The HIN (Hull Serial Number). The HIN must be permanently affixed to the outside upper starboard (right side) corner of the transom (the boat’s rear, flat end — above the waterline) or as close to that area as possible. It is made up of 12 characters.

Question 26

The operator of a vessel under oars, canoe or kayak must have at hand a flashlight or lighted lantern emitting a white light which must be lit in enough time to prevent a collision.

Flashlight

  • TRUE

  • FALSE

Congratulations!

Sorry, wrong answer.

TRUE. Watertight flashlights may also qualify as navigation lights on all non-powered vessels (kayak, canoe, etc.) and sailboats less than 7m in lenght. During restricted visibility or at night, it could be displayed by the operator to prevent a collision.

Question 27

What does this image represent?

Daybeacon

  • A starboard hand daybeacon

  • A junction daybeacon

  • A port hand daybeacon

  • An information sign

Congratulations!

Sorry, wrong answer.

The right answer is : A port hand daybeacon. It points out the left side of a preferred channel. It must be kept on the left when the craft is going upstream.

Question 28

It is important to keep metal and/or electrical devices at a distance from the magnetic compass because it could display inaccurate information.

Magnetic compass

  • TRUE

  • FALSE

Congratulations!

Sorry, wrong answer.

TRUE. A magnetic compass wil lhelp the operator of a pleasure craft to find directions.

Question 29

Which of the following statements is incorrect regarding carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning?

  • Carbone monoxide can build up when two vessels are tied to each other.

  • Carbon monoxide poisoning occurs when you breathe too much carbon monoxide and it begins to replace the oxygen in your blood.

  • It is important to run the engine at idle only in well ventilated areas in order to protect yourself and others from carbon monoxide poisoning.

  • Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning are: hot, red and dry skin, rapid pulse, rapid and shallow breathing.

Congratulations!

Sorry, wrong answer.

The first three statements are true. But the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning are rather the following: fatigue, headache, nausea, vomiting, shortness of breath, dizziness or fainting, etc..

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Question 30

What is the main purpose of a bucket on a pleasure craft?

Bucket

  • Extinguish fires from combustible liquids such as gasoline, oil and grease.

  • Extinguish fires from electrical equipment.

  • To put the fish in

  • Extinguish type A fires

Congratulations!

Sorry, wrong answer.

The main purpose of the bucket is to extinguish type A fires which are combustible solids (wood, textile, paper, etc.).

Question 31

Which of the following does not represent a distress signal?

  • Distress signal

  • Signal

  • Diving buoy

  • Smoke signal

Congratulations!

Sorry, wrong answer.

The third image is not a distress signal. It is a diving buoy that marks an area where scuba or other such diving activity is taking place.

Question 32

Which letter represents the port side of a boat?

Bow-Stern-Port-Starboard

  • A

  • B

  • C

  • D

Congratulations!

Sorry, wrong answer.

The port side is the left side of a boat.

Question 33

You must respect a speed limit of no more than 10km/h if you navigate at less than 30 meters from the shoreline?

Shore

  • TRUE

  • FALSE

Congratulations!

Sorry, wrong answer.

TRUE.

Question 34

When buying a used boat, the transfer of ownership of the pleasure craft licence must be made within how many days?

  • One year.

  • Up to15 days.

  • Up to 90 days.

  • Before the new owner launches the boat.

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A pleasure craft that is the subject of a transfer of ownership may be operated until the day on which the new owner of the pleasure craft receives a transferred licence, up to a maximum of 90 days from the day of the transfer of ownership, if documents are carried on board confirming the name and address of the new owner and the date of the transfer of ownership.

Question 35

The minimum required length of a buoyant heaving line on a pleasure craft less than 24 meters is 15m.

Buoyant heaving lines

  • TRUE

  • FALSE

Congratulations!

Sorry, wrong answer.

TRUE. A buoyant heaving line is approved for use as long as it floats and in good condition, made of one full length of rope, not many shorter ropes tied together, and should be long enough for the boat you will be using.

Question 36

The boating license is valid only in Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta, Quebec and Nova Scotia?

  • TRUE

  • FALSE

Congratulations!

Sorry, wrong answer.

FALSE. The boating license is valid throughout Canada.

Question 37

Which letter represents the stern light of a boat in the following figure?

Navigation lights

  • A

  • B

  • C

  • D

Congratulations!

Sorry, wrong answer.

The stern light is represented by letter D.

Question 38

What type of boat uses these red lights as navigation lights?

Vessel engaged in fishing

  • A government vessel

  • A municipal police vessel

  • A fishing boat

  • A trawler

Congratulations!

Sorry, wrong answer.

A fishing boat shows sidelights, a sternlight, and 2 all-round lights in a vertical line, the upper is red and the lower is white.

Question 39

What type of boat uses these green lights as navigation lights?

Vessel when engaged in trawling

  • A government vessel

  • A municipal police vessel

  • A fishing boat

  • A trawler

Congratulations!

Sorry, wrong answer.

A vessel when engaged in trawling, which means dragging a dredge net or other fishing apparatus through the water, shall display:

  • Two all-round lights in a vertical line: the upper shall be green and the lower shall be white,
  • Sidelights and
  • Sternlight.

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Did you know that as soon as you pass the final test, you can print a temporary card that allows you to operate a boat straight away?

Question 40

What must be displayed in the following manner?

  • Above the waterline on both sides of the bow
  • As far forward as practical and where it is easy to see
  • Using block letters/numbers at least 7.5 cm (3") high
  • In a colour that contrasts with the background
  • The HIN (Hull Serial Number)

  • The pleasure craft licence

  • The compliance notice

  • The registration

Congratulations!

Sorry, wrong answer.

A pleasure craft licence is a document with a unique licence number for a pleasure craft. The law requires all pleasure craft powered by 10 horsepower (7.5 kW) or more engine, to have a pleasure craft licence.

Question 41

What confirms that the boat is built in accordance with the construction requirements of the Small Vessel Regulations?

  • The HIN (Hull Serial Number)

  • The pleasure craft licence

  • The compliance notice

  • The registration

Congratulations!

Sorry, wrong answer.

The compliance notice

Question 42

What determines how many wearable PFDs are required on a boat?

  • Width of the boat

  • Age of people on board

  • Number of seats aboard

  • Number of people aboard

Congratulations!

Sorry, wrong answer.

You must have at least one approved PFD for each person on board.

Question 43

What does an all-round white light indicate when seen at night?

  • It is the bow of another vessel heading straight towards you

  • It is the port side of another vessel crossing your bow

  • It is the starboard side of another vessel crossing your bow

  • It is an anchored boat in front of you

Congratulations!

Sorry, wrong answer.

It is an anchored boat in front of you with the all-round light white.

Question 44

What do red and green lights on a sailboat indicate when seen together at night?

  • It is the bow of a sailboat heading straight towards you

  • It is the port side of a sailboat crossing your bow

  • It is the starboard side of a sailboat crossing your bow

  • It is an anchored sailboat

Congratulations!

Sorry, wrong answer.

It's a sailing vessel seen from the front.

Question 45

Which one is a rocket parachute flare?

  • Diving buoy

  • Swimming buoy

  • Control buoy

  • Information buoy

Congratulations!

Sorry, wrong answer.

The rocket parachute flare:

creates a single red star;

reaches a height of 300m (984’) and comes down slowly with a parachute;

is easily seen from the ground or air; and

burns for at least 40 seconds.

Question 46

Which one is a smoke flare?

  • Diving buoy

  • Swimming buoy

  • Control buoy

  • Information buoy

Congratulations!

Sorry, wrong answer.

Smoke Signal:

creates a dense orange smoke;

is to be used only in daylight.

Question 47

In which of the following images can you see a sailboat from the port side?

  • sailboat from starboard

  • sailboat front

  • sailboat from port

  • anchored

Congratulations!

Sorry, wrong answer.

A red light indicates that it's the port side of thesailboat

Question 48

Which of these PFDs is not approved for use on a PWC?

  • inflatable pfd

  • pfd II

  • PFD I

  • PFD II

Congratulations!

Sorry, wrong answer.

Inflatable personal flotation devices (PFDs) are not allowed on personal watercraft (PWC)

Question 49

What should we use to wash a PFD?

clean

  • A

  • B

  • C

  • D

Congratulations!

Sorry, wrong answer.

You must use soft soap to wash a PFD.

Question 50

What does this boating restriction sign indicate?

speed limit

  • No internal combustion or steam engine is permitted

  • Power limit

  • Standardized speed limit

  • No skiing north of the sign

Congratulations!

Sorry, wrong answer.

Standardized speed limit

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