Boat Canada: A Course on Responsible Boating

Boat Canada: A Course on Responsible Boating


Boat Canada: A Course on Responsible Boating is the online boater safety eBook of the Boat Canada course approved by Transport Canada. This manual introduces you to Canadian boating laws, provides general information about safe boat operation on Canada’s waterways, and helps you stay up to date with the safety guidelines you learned while earning your Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC).

Canada has a lot to offer for those looking for boating adventures—you’ll never run out of ways to spend a day or two on the water between Ontario’s more than 400,000 lakes, rivers, and streams; Nova Scotia’s Bras d’Or, one of the largest saltwater lakes in the world; and Saskatchewan’s abundant summer sunshine.

Remember, safety on Canadian waterways is the responsibility of all boaters.

Topics include:

  • Boat Basics
  • Navigation Rules
  • Night Navigation
  • Emergencies
  • Personal Watercraft (PWCs)
  • Canada Boating Laws and Regulations
  • Required Equipment
  • Skiing
  • And much more…

Boater Education

You may have heard that you need a boating license to operate your boat, but what you really need is a boaters safety course. Boating safety education can reduce boating accidents and injuries on the water.

In Canada, all persons who operate a pleasure craft must carry proof of competency on board if the pleasure craft has any type of motor, including an electric trolling motor, and is used for recreational purposes. The only exception is persons operating a pleasure craft in the Northwest Territories or Nunavut.