Few cruising grounds in the world can match British Columbia's coastline for stunning scenery, majestic fjords, half-hidden inlets, hundreds of islands, abundant wildlife, and, to complete this picture-perfect wonderland, a temperate climate as well!
BC Boating Regulations
As of September 15, 2009 all boaters operating in British Columbia waters are required to
have the Pleasure Craft Operator Card in order to operate a powered watercraft.
This is a federal law that applies in all provinces, including BC. Powered
watercraft includes watercraft fitted with any size motor — even an electric trolling
There are several methods for one to obtain their card:
Online Course and Exam
Take your exam on the internet. Effective
April 15th, 2011 the online exam process will change to a more comprehensive
format, including a minimum 3 hours of study time.
Students may challenge the exam in person at various boat shows and tradeshows across Canada, such as the Vancourver International Boat Show.