The Importance of Proper Training

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Whether you own, rent or borrow a pleasure craft, there are rules and information that you must know before setting out. Furthermore, you have the same responsibilities as other boaters (pleasure craft or personal watercraft operators).


If you are loaning your boat, ensure that the operator knows the existing Canadian regulations and safety measures to follow. Take the time to ensure proper familiarization with the boat’s handling and that he or she holds any required competency cards.

According to the Competency of Operators of Pleasure Craft Regulations, all operators of a motorized pleasure craft, on all Canadian waterways, must obtain proof of competency for navigating the craft before 2009. This is already mandatory for any person born after April 1, 1983, and for those navigating crafts of less than 4 metres (13 feet 1 inch) of length. All other boaters must obtain certification before September 15, 2009.


The best way to obtain proof of competency is to take a course and to successfully complete an accredited boat safety test. Learning proper navigational techniques and becoming well acquainted with existing regulations will allow you to use your pleasure craft safely and fully enjoy your preferred sport.

Did You Know?

Occasional users wishing to lease a motorized craft must obtain temporary proof of competency with each rental by co-signing a rental boat safety checklist with the lessor before setting out. This allows the operator to be familiar with the proper functioning of the craft, the geographic characteristics and any hazards that might be present in the area, as well as boating safety rules.

The operator must have on board a copy of the verification list signed by both parties as proof of competency.

Marine and Air Search and Rescue Emergency Telephone Numbers

Act smart and call early in an emergency. The sooner your call, the sooner help will arrive.

Pacific Coast
Joint Rescue Coordination Centre
1-800-567-5111 or 1-250-363-2333

Great Lakes and Arctic
Joint Rescue Coordination Centre
1-800-267-7270 or 1-613-965-3870

St. Lawrence River
Maritime Rescue Sub-Centre
1-800-463-4393 or 1-418-648-3599

Newfoundland and Labrador Coast
Maritime Rescue Sub-Centre
St. John’s
1-800-563-2444 or 1-709-772-5151

Maritimes Coast
Joint Rescue Coordination Centre
Halifax 1-800-565-1582 or 1-902-427-8200

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