Be BOATsmart! Get your Pleasure Craft Operator Card!

Be BOATsmart! Get your Pleasure Craft Operator Card!
28 Aug 2013

Did you know… if you want to operate a motorized recreational watercraft in Canada, you are required to obtain a Pleasure Craft Operator Card, commonly known as a boat license?

It’s the law. Regardless of age, size of the boat, or engine horsepower.

You can obtain your official Transport Canada Pleasure Craft Operator Card by taking the BOATsmart! Safe Boating Course and Boating License Exam available online!

Boater Registration & Exam

There is a standard one-time fee of $49.95, which includes Online Study Guide, PCOC Exam and mailing of your permanent Operator Card. If you don’t pass on the first attempt, you can try it again for free. But let’s think positive. You are going to pass if you study! Take the BOATsmart test!

There is a practice test you can take in preparation.

5 Tips to stay BOATsmart! this Summer and keep your family safe.

BOATsmart!, Canada’s leader in boating safety the country’s largest Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC) provider, offers these five simple tips for safe boating:

1. Get Your BOATsmart! Operator Card – All operators of motorized vessels require a Pleasure Craft Operator Card. Test your knowledge, learn boating safety skills and take the official Transport Canada Accredited exam at Your passengers will be at ease knowing you are qualified to drive them around the waterways.

2. Wear a Life Jacket – It’s simple. Wearing a Lifejacket or Personal Flotation Device (PFD) greatly reduces your risk of drowning. Eighty nine percent of people who drown while boating are not wearing a life jacket. Having them on board is not enough; Lifejackets don’t work unless you wear them! So be sure that everyone on board is wearing an approved PFD before heading out on the water.

3. Don’t Drink and Boat – Alcohol and boating don’t mix – ever. In fact, the effects of alcohol are up to four times greater on the water due of the motion of your craft, the wind, waves and hot summer sun. Keep hydrated by drinking water – and keep the alcohol on shore.

4. Be Prepared – Make sure your boat, safety equipment and passengers are prepared for a safe day on the water. Check your local weather before heading out and leave extra gas in the tank for a safe trip home. Have the confidence of insurance protection. Recreational boat insurance is available at

5. Refresh Your Knowledge – Both novice and experienced boaters can benefit from taking a BOATsmart! course. From emergency preparedness to right-of-way rules, you’ll learn everything you need to boat with confidence. If you already have your boating license but need a quick refresher, be sure to download the BOATsmart! CONNECT APP complete with Free Animated Refresher Lessons for iPhone and Android.

For more information and boat safety advice, please visit

Stay safe. BOATsmart… and enjoy the rest of your summer!

Big Daddy


Craig Silva

Craig is a husband, a father, team leader, senior youth group coordinator, designer, brander, community builder, volunteer, blogger, and social media manager. Craig likes to go camping, travel, go on road trips, watch movies, read with his girls, build stuff, operate the grill, and play bass guitar. In June 2017, PR firm Cision identified Craig as one of Canada’s top 10 most popular male bloggers in the parents and family space. Known as Big Daddy Kreativ, his blog specializes in travel, lifestyle, food, automotive, events, parenting, movies, tech, recipes, health, pets, reviews, and giveaways.

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