Do you have your PCOC?

Pleasure Craft Operator Card

It is now the law that all Canadian boat operators must carry proof of competency – normally a Pleasure Craft Operator Card – to operate a boat with a motor.

It’s often referred to as “the Card”, licence, or PCOC. The easiest way to get your card is online with BOATEREXAM.COM.

There is a $250 fine for vessel operators operating a vessel without it.

Who exactly must carry proof of competency?
  • Everyone operating a boat with a motor (including electric)
Age restrictions:
  • Operators under 16 cannot operate personal watercraft (PWC).
  • Operators under 12 are restricted to 10 hp (7.5kw) unless supervised by someone 16+.
  • Operators 12-16 years old are restricted to 40 hp (30kw) unless supervised by someone 16+.
  • There is no legal minimum age to get the Card.

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