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Waterski & Wakeboard Canada Team Up with®

Ottawa, ON - Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada is pleased to announce that they have teamed with® to help promote boating safety in towed water sports.® is a Transport Canada approved course provider, and is considered one of Canada’s leaders in boater education and issuer of Pleasure Craft Operator Cards. Their approved course material, exam, and training manual are approved by Transport Canada.

Their services are particularly timely and practical given that all operators of powered watercraft used for recreational purposes within Canada will eventually require the Card. The following three groups of boaters require the Pleasure Craft Operator Card IMMEDIATELY:

  • All operators of any powered watercraft under 4m in length (13.1ft)
  • All operators of PWC's (i.e.: sea-doos and jet skis)
  • All operators of any powered watercraft born after April 1, 1983

As of September 15, 2009 all boaters are required to have the Pleasure Craft Operator Card in order to operate a powered watercraft for recreational purposes on Canadian waters. There is no grandfather clause or age exemption – this law applies to all boaters.

A feature of the® partnership is a value added benefit to the membership of WSWC. Each member is entitled to a $5.00 discount off the® online boating exam by entering a special discount code at time of registration.

As part of the agreement,® and WSWC will partner to promote boating safety for towed water sports. Each organization will shareand promote specific safety information for water skiing and wakeboarding on respective web pages, collaborate on public service announcements and other educational campaigns.

“WSWC has a strong membership and excellent knowledge in safety for towed water sports. We believe this market to be strong and growing exponentially; in particular wakeboarding. This partnership will help to deliver more boating safety knowledge to WSWC’s membership and provide® with more safety resources on towed water sports that we can be used when educating our customers in boating safety,” explains Brent McNamee, Principal and VP Marketing of®.

“The vision of® for boating safety meshes well with ours” added Dan Wolfenden, Executive Director, Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada. “With their support, we hope to reach the large recreational base of boating enthusiasts who enjoy getting up behind the boat, and who want to be able to do so with the knowledge of specific safety practices for the sport of water skiing and wakeboarding, which quite frankly, are not particularly elaborate in the Transport Canada courses.”

Dan Wolfenden
Executive Director
Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada