Thursday, February 5, 2009
Canada's New Boater Safety Card
Starting in September, 2009, all operators of boats in Canada will require a Pleasure Craft Operator Card. Young operators have needed them for the past several years.
At Bow Narrows Camp we have all of our guests who will operate the boat fill out a form called the safe boater's checklist that asks them to confirm they are familiar with various boating safety rules and motor operation.
This form is equivalent to a one-week boater safety card.
If guests have a similar boating competency card from the U.S. then they don't need to complete the entire form. Instead they just need to write down their boater card number.
You can obtain a Pleasure Craft Operator Card over the Internet. You can take the course on-line and also the exam. There is also a fee that must be paid.
The card you receive is good for life and means you don't need to complete the boater form at all. You just need to carry the card with you when you're out fishing. It is good for anywhere in Canada.
There are several companies offering this service. You can find them by doing an Internet search for Canada Boater Safety Card.
I see that one: http://www.boatsmartexam.com/ is accredited by Transport Canada which is the federal department in charge of boating in Canada.