We would like to remind everyone that September 15, 2009 is the deadline for all operators of powered watercraft to be certified. Please note that the 44-day exemption for non-residents (listed below) only applies if the boat is not licensed in Canada.
Reprinted from the Office of Boating Safety:
The Competency of Operators of Pleasure Craft Regulations require operators of pleasure craft fitted with a motor and used for recreational purposes to have proof of competency on board at all times.
Proof of competency can take 1 of 3 forms:
- A Pleasure Craft Operator Card;
- Proof of having successfully completed a boating safety course in Canada prior to April 1, 1999; or,
- A completed rental-boat safety checklist.
The operator card is good for life.
These requirements are being phased in over ten years.
Date at which proof of competency is required *
How this applies to operators** of pleasure craft fitted with a motor and used for recreational purposes:
- All operators born after April 1, 1983, proof of competency required on board by September 15, 1999.
- All operators of craft under 4 m in length, including personal watercraft, proof of competency required on board by September 15, 2002.
- All operators, proof of competency required on board by September 15, 2009.
* These requirements apply in areas outside the Northwest and Nunavut Territories at this time.
** Applies to non-residents operating their pleasure craft in Canadian waters after 44 consecutive days. Operator card or equivalent issued to a non-resident by their state or country will be considered as proof of competency.
If you hold any certificate on the List of Marine Safety Certificates Recognized for the Issuance of a Pleasure Craft Operator Card, you already meet the requirements of the Competency of Operators of Pleasure Craft Regulations — you just need to make sure you carry your certificate on board. Proof of certification may include original documentation or a copy of the certificate.