Information from Transport Canada website:
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?
What is covered in a course?
The course covers a full range of basic boating information such as:
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.
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