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PCOC – Canadians Required Boating licence

Information from Transport Canada website:

National Pleasure Craft Operator Competency Program
(PCOC Exam)


The Competency of Operators of Pleasure Craft Regulations require all operators of pleasure craft fitted with any type of motor and used for recreational purposes to carry proof of competency on board.*

Proof of competency( PCOC Exam) indicates the boater has a basic level of boating safety knowledge required for safe recreational boating. In the past, anyone of any age could operate a recreational boat without any minimum boating safety knowledge, experience or training. These requirements were introduced in 1999 in response to boating deaths and injuries, with the goal of improving safety on Canadian waterways through education and training.

Operator Card (PCOC Course) – FAQ

Do I need to take a PCOC course before I write the test?


Taking a boating safety course is strongly recommended regardless of age or experience.

Why take a boating safety course?

  • To improve the safety of all boaters and the boating environment.
  • To get your Pleasure Craft Operator Card as required by the regulation.
  • To learn about your responsibility.
  • To make your boating experience enjoyable for everyone.

What is covered in a course?

The course covers a full range of basic boating information such as:

  • minimum safety equipment requirements required on board your boat;
  • the Canadian Buoy system;
  • how to share waterways;
  • a review of all pertinent regulations;
  • and how to respond in an emergency situation.

Do I need proof of competency to operate a sailboat?

You need proof of competency if the sailboat is fitted with an auxiliary motor, even when under sail.



Call 250 7548601 or email: info@nanaimoyachtcharters.com for details

Nanaimo Yacht Charters & Sailing School Ltd
1690 Stewart Ave Nanaimo BC BC Canada V9S 4E1
1-250-754-8601 / 1-877-754-8601 Start Price 1000 CAD
Nanaimo Yacht Charters & Sailing School Ltd
1690 Stewart Ave Nanaimo BC BC Canada V9S 4E1
1-250-754-8601 / 1-877-754-8601 info@nanaimoyachtcharters.com

Nanaimo Yacht Charters & Sailing School Ltd.
1690 Stewart Ave Nanaimo BC, Canada V9S 4E1
Email: info@nanaimoyachtcharters.com

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