Boat rental safety checklist Canada

Do you need a boating license to rent a boat in Canada?

Proof of competency in Canada can take one of three forms:

  • A Pleasure Craft Operator Card delivers a boating safety course accredited by Transport Canada.

  • A Rental Boat Safety Checklist

Those without previous proof of competency that rent a pleasure craft fitted with a motor will be required to complete a rental boat safety check list, and carry on board the co-signed section of the Checklist as proof of competency for the duration of the rental.

  • A written proof of having successfully taken a boating safety course

Carrying on board written proof of having successfully taken a boating safety course prior to April 1, 1999 can be used to demonstrate proof of competency.

Non-Residents of Canada

Non-residents may demonstrate proof of competency by providing proof of competency from their own country or by completing a Rental Boat Safety Checklist.

What must be on every boat?

The safety equipment required on a boat is one of the most fundamental things you need to know when it comes to boating safety.  Each of the types of boats has its own set of safety equipment that must be carried on board.

Discover the essential of boat safety equipment that each type of boat must carry on board to comply with the Small Vessel Regulations (part of the Canada Shipping Act, 2001):