Pleasure Craft Operator (PCO) Courses
The Competency of Operators of Pleasure Craft Regulations require all Canadian operators of pleasure crafts fitted with any type of motor and used for recreational purposes to carry proof of competency on board.
Note: Proof of competency is not required in the waters of Nunavut and Northwest Territories at this time.
The most common form of proof of competency is a Pleasure Craft Operator (PCO) card which is obtained after passing an accredited boating safety test.
The Lifesaving Society is accredited by Transport Canada to deliver boating safety courses and administer tests for the issuance of Pleasure Craft Operator Cards, including replacement cards, under the Competency of Operators or Pleasure Craft Regulations.
Lifesaving Society affiliates may become a
BOAT™ Test Centre
which are authorized to offer the BOAT™ Course, sell the
BOAT™ Study Guide
, and administer the Transport Canada Boating Safety Test (for the PCO card).
The BOAT Course is taught by Lifesaving Society BOAT Instructors. Any authorized representative of an affiliated BOAT Test Centre who holds a PCO card may proctor a Transport Canada Boating Safety Test.
Several options are available:
- Attend a Boat Operator Accredited Training (BOAT)™ course.
- Study at Home using the BOAT Study Guide and then visit a local BOAT Test Centre to write the Transport Canada Boating Safety Test.
- Write the Test. If you are an experienced boater, or have formal training as a boat operator, you can arrange to write the Transport Canada Boating Safety Test.