PCO Card Deadline Looms for Canadian Boaters
Canwest News Service
OTTAWA — Canadian boaters who have yet to receive certification
to operate motorized watercraft have just two weeks left to get book smart or risk
getting slapped with a fine.
As of Sept. 15, Pleasure Craft Operator Cards are required
to use motorized boats or personal watercraft. Those caught on the water without
proper certification can receive a $250 fine.
An estimated 10 million boaters still operate without the boater's card, but many
are flocking to the certification website — www.BOATERexam.com
— to get the proper documents before the deadline passes.
The exam consists of 36 multiple choice questions and boaters must correctly answer
75 per cent of the questions to receive their Operator's Card. The certification
is good for life.
There is no age limit or exemption to require the card, but there are some restrictions
placed on boaters under 16 years of age and the power of the watercraft they use.
A spokesman for the website said getting certified early will likely ease the burden
on boaters because changes to the process and the fine structure are possible in
"We are encouraging boaters to get certified now so they are legal, but also so
they avoid paying more in the future as the price will likely increase," Robert
Dupel said in a news release. "There's also a good chance the exam becomes more
The test, which also has a French version available at
www.examenBATEAU.com , is approved by Transport Canada.