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Beautiful British Columbia Boating

Few cruising grounds in the world can match British Columbia's coastline for stunning scenery, majestic fjords, half-hidden inlets, hundreds of islands, and abundant wildlife. But BC isn’t just majestic coastline. We’re also talking about amazing lakes and rivers that offer a treasure trove of boating, fishing and vacation possibilities.

And if that’s not enough, there’s also that temperate BC climate that makes other provinces jealous. Take your BC boating course online and get out on the water today!

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BC Boating Regulations

Do you operate a boat with a motor in British Columbia? Then by law you need to carry a valid Pleasure Craft Operator Card (also called a Boating License). As of September 15, 2009 all boaters operating in British Columbia waters – and right across Canada – are required to have a Boating License in order to operate a powered watercraft.

This is a federal law that applies in all provinces, including BC. Powered watercraft includes any vessel fitted with any size motor — even an electric trolling motor!

There are two easy methods for you to get the required certification:

1. Online Course and Exam

Take your exam on the internet. You can take this online course, which is followed by a Transport Canada online final test. In approximately 3 hours, you can have your Boating License.

2. Challenge Exam

Students can challenge the Transport Canada exam in person at recognized boat shows and tradeshows across Canada.

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BC Boating License or Pleasure Craft Operator Card?
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Students can challenge the Transport Canada exam in person at recognized boat shows and tradeshows across Canada, such as the Vancouver International Boat Show.

Whether you call it a BC boating license or a PCOC, you need to carry one onboard if you operate a boat with a motor. Get your PCOC with®.

  • TC Canada
  • Canadian Boating Council
  • Better Business Bureau
  • Coast Guard
  • Official Boating Educator


Q. Who needs the Pleasure Craft Operator Card and when?

A. All operators of powered watercraft used for recreational purposes within Canada require the card as of September 15, 2009.

Q. Is there an age exemption clause?

A. No, there is no age exemption – this law applies to all operators, regardless of age.

Q. Is the card good for life?

A. Yes. The Pleasure Craft Operator Card is good for life with no annual fees.

Q. In which provinces is the Pleasure Craft Operator Card valid?

A. The card is valid in each province; Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Manitoba, British Columbia (BC), Prince Edward Island (PEI), Saskatchewan, Alberta and Newfoundland and Labrador (NFLD).