Who needs a boating license in Saskatchewan?
All operators of a motorized recreational watercraft used on Canadian waters must show proof of competency like the Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC). Transport Canada requires a minimum 3 hours of study before you can take the final online exam.
Take our official boating course
Our 6-chapter online boating safety course is the leading platform to obtain your Transport Canada boating license.
Boating safety course introduction
- Most common causes of on-water incidents
- Boating terminology
- Laws and regulations
Rules and Obligations
- Registration and pleasure craft license
- Rules and obligations
- Criminal offences
Required Safety Equipment
- Personal protection equipment
- Boat safety equipment
- Minimum safety equipment to carry
Trip planning and Sharing the Waterways
- Boating trips
- Collision regulations
- Courtesy and common sense
Navigation Lights and Aids to Navigation
- Navigation lights
- Recognizing vessels by their lights
- Buoys ans beacons
Prevention of Emergency Situations
- Weather and Water Condition
- Hypothermia, heat stroke, etc.
- React to emergency situations
Crystal clear. Our team works hard to develop intuitive and effective training. No endless reading, interactive learning is the key to success!
Take the boating exam
After the boating safety course, you will be all set to take the official Transport Canada boating exam. We have created a practice boating exam to test your knowledge!
Print your temporary boating license and go boating NOW!
Once you have successfully completed your Transport Canada final exam, print your temporary boating license right away and go boating in Saskatchewan or any other Canadian province.
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We want to facilitate access to our boating safety course for groups and families. The more you are, the less you pay!
A complete 3-hour course… well organized in 6 chapters
- Study at your pace
- The card is valid for life
- Exam retries are free
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We wanted to create the most interactive and user-friendly online pleasure craft training platform for you. Our goal: to provide a clear, comprehensive and fun boater safety course, so that you can get on with the theory and go boating... NOW!
You may ask
- Is a boating license required in Saskatchewan?
Yes. The rule to qualify for the Canadian boating license (Pleasure Craft Operator Card) applies to all motorized watercraft throughout Canada, regardless of the length of the watercraft and the type and power of the motor used. You must have the card even while using an electric motor. Start the course!
- How do I get a boating license in Saskatchewan?
- Finish the online course by studying the comprehensive materials that comprise quizzes and engaging interactive animations.
- Then, successfully pass the Transport Canada boating safety exam.
- Finally, obtain your permanent boating license, granting you the permanent certification you need.
- Does the boating license expire?
No, your Pleasure Craft Operator Card is valid for life and never needs to be renewed.
- Do I need a boat license to operate a boat with an electric motor in Saskatchewan?
Yes. All boaters must have a Pleasure Craft Operator Card to operate any powered watercraft. This law applies to all boaters, there are no exemptions. "Powered watercraft" means a watercraft fitted with any size motor, even an electric trolling motor.
- How much does the boating license cost in Saskatchewan?
The cost of the boating license online safety course is only $ 59.95 plus taxes. This includes study time, the final Transport Canada exam and mailing of your first boating license.
- How long does it take to get a boating license in Canada?
Transport Canada requires 3 hours of study. At Ace Boater we have developed a training program to make your study time virtually interactive and pleasant.
- At what age can I get my boat license in Saskatchewan?
There is no minimum age requirement for the boat license, but certain restrictions apply to operate a watercraft according to your age. You only need to pass the final exam.
- Is the Pleasure Craft Operator Card (a.k.a. boating license) the same as a Pleasure Craft License or registration?
A pleasure craft operators card is considered as proof of competency proving the boater has completed a boating safety course and has the knowledge required to operate a vessel safely and understands the rules and regulations of navigating on Canadian waters. A pleasure craft licence or registration is a unique number the owner must display on the bow of the vessel. It is mandatory for all pleasure crafts equipped with motors of 10 horsepower (7.5 kilowatts) or more.
- How can I replace a lost or broken pleasure craft operator card?
Before we can replace a lost or damaged Pleasure Craft Operator Card we must be sure that we originally issued it to you. Check with us by calling our toll-free number at 1-800-607-2329 to talk to an agent, or you can fill in the lost card form on our website and we will contact you by email within 24 hours, during our office hours.
If you took your online course with AceBoater.com, log into your profile and click on "Order Replacement Cards".
- Do I need to have a Saskatchewan driver’s license to get a Pleasure Craft Operators Card?
No, a drivers license is not required to obtain the Pleasure Craft Operators Card. However to operate a watercraft you must carry your Pleasure Craft Operator Card on board with you.
- Do you have to carry your card on you at all times?
Yes, all operators are required to carry the PCOC on board and have it readily available for inspection by law enforcement when operating a vessel.
- Do I have to be a Canadian resident to get a Pleasure Craft Operator Card?
For non-residents, proof of competency can take one of three forms: A Pleasure Craft Operator Card; A completed boat rental safety checklist (for power-driven rental boats); or, An operator card or equivalent which meets the requirements of their state or country.
- Is the boating license good anywhere in Canada?
Yes, the same card is issued for all the provinces and territories in Canada. Whether you're boating in Ontario, Quebec, British Columbia(BC), Alberta, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, PEI, Saskatchewan or Newfoundland, the card is legal across the country.
- Where to navigate in Saskatchewan?
Imagine a beautiful, clear sunshiny summer day, and you are out in the power boat enjoying one of your favorite activities on one of Saskatchewan's 100,000 lakes and rivers. Houseboating, jet-skiing, casting a line for your favorite fish, waterskiing, or just on an excursion to observe the wild and wonderful scenery, you'll find it all, whether you are on Lac la Plonge, Burntwood Lake, Lac La Ronge or one of Saskatchewan's two major rivers, the North and the South Saskatchewan Rivers.
But remember, all operators of motorized recreational watercraft must have proof of competency in Saskatchewan and the rest of Canada. It is mandatory regardless of age or type and size of motor used. You need it whether it is a jet-ski, motor boat, houseboat, pontoon boat or any other recreational vessel that is equipped with a motor.
- What safety equipment is required onboard your boat in Saskatchewan?
It all depends on the size of your boat. Aceboater has all this information ready for you in our safety equipment page.
- What is proof of operator competency in Canada?
In Canada, if you operate a boat with a motor and use it for recreation, you need proof of competency — something that shows you have a basic understanding of how to operate your boat safely and know what to do in an emergency. Proof of competency is required with all motor types (including electric trolling motors) and even when the motor is not in use (such as when sailing).
A variety of documents may serve as proof of competency:
Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC)
Note: A paper or electronic copy of a PCOC is NOT acceptable.
Certificate from a Canadian boating safety course completed before April 1, 1999 (when the current regulation came into effect)
professional marine certificate or equivalent
completed Rental Boat Safety Checklist good only for the rental period
for a visitor to Canada, an operator card or other document that meets the requirements of his or her home state or country
Proof of competency is not required in the following situations:
the boat is being operated in the waters of Nunavut or the Northwest Territories
a visitor to Canada is operating the boat he or she brought into Canada for less than 45 consecutive days
- What if I want to go boating in another province?
No problem, the Pleasure Craft Operators card is valid in every Canadian Province as well as our neighboring American States.
- I want to operate a boat in Saskatchewan. How do I get the Saskatchewan boating license?
- Its easy take our Transport Canada approved aceboater boating safety course!
- How difficult is the Transport Canada-approved boating exam?
Not too difficult!
We teach you everything you need to know during the course to prepare you for the exam.
Plus we have our quiz's to help you retain the important information.
The final exam consists of 50 multiple choice questions and you will need at least 75% to pass.
The exam is open book so you can even use our study guide to help you pass.
- How long does it take to receive the boating license?
The boating safety course takes on average 3-5 hours to complete, so it only takes a few hours to obtain the temporary certificate and legally begin to boat anywhere in Canada.
Your permanent Pleasure Craft Operators Card will arrive in a few weeks by mail.
- What happens if I fail my boating exam?
If you do not pass the final exam on your first attempt, you will have one more chance to retake the exam after 24 hours.
If you are unable to pass the final exam a second time, you will be required to retake the course at no extra charge.
This is a standard set by Transport Canada to ensure all students fully understand the laws and regulations of navigating a vessel.
- How long is the Saskatchewan boating safety course?
Transport Canada requires a minimum of 3 hours study time. At Ace Boater we have developed a training program to make your study virtually interactive and pleasant.