Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC) Requirements
All Operators of pleasure craft fitted with a motor and used for recreational purposes require a PCOC or other proof of compentency.
Proof of competency can take any of several forms:
The PCOC or other relevant documentation (or copy thereof) must be carried on-board while operating a vessel. These requirements do not apply in the Northwest and Nunavut Territories at this time.
Further information on PCOC requirements can be found on the Transport Canada "Office of Boating Safety" website
Vancouver Squadron will not be offering a classroom course this term.
All operators of motorized pleasure craft are required to show proof of operator competence. This course helps you and your family prepare for that test. All you need to know for your test is presented in an easy to understand format that is both informative and entertaining. This study course meets all the standards established by Transport Canada's Office of Boating Safety
After you pass the Boating Basics exam you will receive a CCG Pleasure Craft Operator Card as permanent proof of boating competency and you will be eligible to become a CPS Associate member.
As an extra benefit, if you pass the exam offered by Canadian Power & Sail Squadrons, your Card is recognized by BOTH Transport Canada and The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (USA).
This course is also available On-Line
For instruction in the use of nautical charts, plotting courses, and other topics essential for safe boating in our coastal waters, students should also take our Boating 2 and 3 course.
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