BC: Boating License Courses

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 motor.

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.

Challenge Exam

Students may challenge the exam in person at various boat shows and tradeshows across Canada, such as the Vancourver International Boat Show.