Boating Study Guide and Resources

Our complete study guide will help educate you on boating information and important topics. View the sections online:


In 1997, power boating surpassed swimming as the specific recreational activity accounting for the most water-related deaths. (more)

Chapter 1: Rules & Regulations

The operation of a pleasure craft is subject to several sets of legislation which govern everything from life jackets to required markings and rules to avoid collisions. (more)

Chapter 2: Operating a Motor Boat

The outboard motor is a spark ignition engine. Fuel from the fuel tank enters the carburetor where it mixes with air in a given proportion. (more)

Chapter 3: Water Rescue Equipment

The Canadian Small Vessels Regulations and the International Regulations for preventing collisions require all boats to carry a minimum of safety equipment. (more)

Chapter 4: Basic Seamanship Techniques

The seaman’s life is not always as exciting as novels and adventure films would have us believe. And yet, the seaman’s tasks are vitally important to navigation. (more)

Chapter 5: The Maritime Communications System

Today, there are many modern means of communication: radio, telephone, cellular telephone, radiotelephone, etc. (more)

Chapter 6: Nautical Rules of the Road

The rules of the road in navigation are often similar to the rules on land. The Collision Regulations contain many rules pertaining to navigation. (more)

Chapter 7: The Buoyage System

In 1983, Canada adopted the buoyage system, or aids to navigation. This system includes port hand buoys, starboard hand buoys, cardinal buoys and special buoys. (more)


Pleasure craft terminology including range beacons, small craft warning, port, power driven vessel, windward side, passive radar reflector, etc...(more)

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