Summer boating is a popular relaxing and recreational activity during the summer months. But like any activity involving bodies of water, they can also be dangerous. Although we only expect to go out to have fun, it is important to observe certain precautions to ensure a safe boating experience for all passengers. You would do a great deal to minimize any danger if you took a boat safety course that is specific to your boat. The Canadian Power and sail Squadrons is proof that you have achieved a defined standard of knowledge on boating safety, not a licence to operate a boat so will still be required to carry that also.
Why Do I need it?
Anyone that operates a power driven watercraft must carry proof of capability. Boat safety courses are designed to familiarize you with your boat to increase your skill in operating or maneuvering the boat and to prepare you to deal with any accidents or emergencies. There may be penalties to be expected for boaters who fail to get the required card such as ticketing with a schedule of fines.
How much is the course and where do I need to go to complete it?
You may take the course online now for $49.95 CDN or you can register for a classroom course near you for $105 CDN by contacting the Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons to locate a testing facility in your area.
How long is the course?
You must enroll in an Online Boating Safety course before you can attempt to write the online open book computer based exam. Once you have completed the online course, 2 attempts can be made to complete the open book online Boating Safety test but it must be taken no less than 24 hours apart. You will be required to take the full online course again or register for a classroom course if you fail the second test.
The online courses must meet the following minimum requirements before you can proceed to the online Transport Canada Boating Safety Test:
1. A minimum of 3 hours to complete.
2. A minimum of 5 lessons
3. To proceed to the next lesson you must complete each final lesson quiz with a minimum 80% mark
4. Failing the lesson quiz requires retaking the full lesson.
The Canadian Power and Sail Squadron 4 hour split into 2 days classroom course is strongly recommend as it is considered one of the best learning methods before you attempt to write the exam. But you are not required to enroll in a Boating Safety Course before writing the in class Boating Basics Safety closed book 3 hour exam. You may challenge the classroom exam at any time.
Once you pass the test online or in class your card will recognized by both Transport Canada and The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (USA).
Are there any age requirements?
Yes you must be at least 16 years of age to become a member. There are certain age and horsepower restrictions that apply for anyone 16 years of age to operate a personal watercraft. Children aged 15 and under may ride on a PWC but it must be operated by a person of at least 16 years of age only.
How long is the membership good for? Will I ever have to redo it?
According to all present regulations, it is a lifetime card once you have successfully completed all the requirements and passed the exam.
You can be confident that this flexible, assisted-study program meets or exceeds all the standards established by Transport Canada’s Office of Boating Safety. Visit the Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons website for further information to sign up for your pleasure craft operator’s card today! http://www.cps-ecp.ca/