To obtain Coast Guard
Pleasure Craft Operator Card.
What is it?
Canada Shipping Act requires that operators of pleasure craft fitted
with a motor must have proof of competency on board at all times.
Proof of competency is demonstrated by having taken a boating safety course
prior to 1 April 1999, or successfully completing a Canadian Coast Guard
accredited test. A lifetime operator card, similar to a driver's licence,
To whom does it apply?
From September 2009 all operators of a motorised pleasure craft must comply.
What is required
to be known?
- Legal aspects
of boating. eg. Safety equipment required
- How to respond
to emergencies. eg. Man overboard or Hypothermia.
conduct. eg. Safe behaviour and courtesy to others.
- How to operate
the craft. eg. "Rules of the Road", piloting, weather.
test takes 45 minutes and consists of 36 questions mostly of the association
or multiple choice type. 75% is needed to pass. Successful students will
be awarded their operator card by the Canadian Yachting Association. It
is good for life.
The material for the test is taught concurrently with our CYA BASIC CRUISING courses.
Course cost is $35.00 plus GST.