® in the News®'s One Year Anniversary

Ottawa, Ontario — June 19, 2001

Pleasure Craft Operator Card required to drive boat in Canada

Over 8 million recreational boaters must obtain a Pleasure Craft Operator's Card to drive a boat in Canada.® identified the need for a bilingual web site where boaters can become licensed in less than one hour.® has successfully licensed thousands of boaters across Canada. This local father and son success is a refreshing story to aspiring entrepreneurs and a time saver for boaters!

The story behind the one-year-old company is simple. Boaters can train, challenge the safe boating exam, print a temporary boat license, and legally drive a boat within an hour of visiting ®. "We wanted to offer an alternative certification process for boaters who don't have the time to spend a Saturday in a classroom, or for those who live in rural or isolated communities where no safe boating courses are even offered" says Larry McNamee, President and co-founder.

Building boating safety awareness real challenge

"Convincing people to get their boat license in the comforts of their own home, on their own schedule, is not the challenge, building the awareness is!" adds McNamee. The federal legislation states that an operator of any watercraft, fitted with a motor, being used for recreational purposes, must obtain a Pleasure Craft Operator Card (including powerboats, sea-doos, jet-skis and sailboats with motors). The Pleasure Craft Operator Card is available to boaters who successfully pass the Canadian Coast Guard approved safe boating exam.

As® celebrates its first year anniversary, the company set it's goals on increasing awareness of the legal requirement to obtain a Pleasure Craft Operator's Card. "With the start of cottage season upon us, boaters should be aware of this federal law and that they are able to get their boat license on the Internet," says Brent McNamee, VP Marketing and co-founder.