Source: Transport CanadaInformation last verified: 20/09/2010
By September 15, 2009, everyone who operates a motorized pleasure craft must carry proof of competency on board at all times. Proof of competency is not required for pleasure craft without motors.
Right now, you must have proof of competency on board if you were born after April 1, 1983, or if you are operating a motorized boat under 4 m (13’1”). This includes a personal watercraft. The operator competency requirements do not currently apply in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.
Proof of competency can take one of three different forms:
The Pleasure Craft Operator Card is good for life. Remember to make a photocopy of your card as soon as you get it so it can be replaced if it is lost. To replace a lost card, contact the course provider that issued it. For a complete list of course providers, please visit www.boatingsafety.gc.ca.
If you can’t remember the name of the course provider that issued your card, ask yourself the following:
Note for Holders of Marine Safety Certificates
If you hold any certificate on the List of Marine Safety Certificates Recognized for the Issuance of a Pleasure Craft Operator Card, you are not required to have the proof of competency described above. You must simply make sure you carry proof of certification on board. Proof of certification could be the original document or a copy of the certificate. To consult the list, please visit www.boatingsafety.gc.ca.
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