Preparing to operate your vessel

Resources for pleasure craft operators. How to obtain a Pleasure Craft Operator Card and other proof of competency and how to request a pleasure craft courtesy check. More information on operating a human-powered craft, filing a trip plan, how to maintain a safe pleasure craft and information for visitors operating a boat on Canadian waters.

Services and information

Pleasure Craft Operator Card, and other proof of competency

Everyone who operates a power-driven boat in Canada needs proof of competency, which shows they understand the rules of how to safely operate a vessel. The Pleasure Craft Operator Card is the most common, which can be obtained by passing an accredited boating safety course.

Requesting a pleasure craft courtesy check

Get a safety check on your pleasure craft.


Operating a human-powered craft

Safety tips and requirements for paddleboards, kayaks, canoes, and other human-powered watercraft.

Filing a trip plan

Why you should file a trip or sail plan, form for making trip plans.


Maintaining a safe pleasure craft

Inspecting your pleasure craft, pre-departure checklists for safety preparedness.

Visitor information

If you're visiting Canada, it's important to know the rules before operating a boat on Canadian waters.