Monday, April 07, 2008

Canadian Pleasure Boaters Must Prove Competency Before Heading Out On Canadian Waters

Pleasure Boaters
Must Prove Competency

Looking ahead to the 2008 boating season, the Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, urges Canadian pleasure boaters to make sure they have their proof of competency before heading out on the water.

"Our government wants Canada's several million recreational boaters to enjoy increased safety on the water," said Minister Cannon. "We believe that requiring proof of competency will help reduce the number of incidents and deaths that occur on our waterways every year."

New Transport Canada regulations require all operators of motorized pleasure craft in Canada to have their proof of competency by September 15, 2009. Already, any boater born after April 1, 1983, or anyone who operates a motorized pleasure craft less than four metres long, including personal watercraft, must have proof of competency on board, or risk fines up to $250.

Proof of competency can be a:

  • Pleasure Craft Operator Card;
  • Proof that you passed a boating safety course in Canada before April 1, 1999; or
  • Completed Rental Boat Safety Checklist.

Pleasure Craft Operator Cards are issued when a person passes a test administered by an accredited boating safety course provider. While no one is required to take the course before taking the test, Transport Canada encourages pleasure boaters to get the training that will give them knowledge and skills that may save lives. Boaters are responsible for operating their vessels safely. Taking the course is a great way to learn more about how to be safe on the water.

To learn how to get your Pleasure Craft Operator Card, contact an accredited course provider or visit www.boatingsafety.gc.ca.


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