Getting your Licence

Boating is most enjoyable when you’re well-trained and confident in your knowledge and skills. Depending on the type of boating you enjoy, and the level of difficulty you intend to embrace, there are many courses available from basic through advanced training to coastal navigation, anchoring and docking.


Start With Your Pleasure Craft Operators Card

A Pleasure Craft Operators Card (PCOC) is your Transport Canada (TC) accredited proof of basic competency to operate a power-driven vessel of any size in Canada and is only the first step in your journey to become a confident boater. We recommend additional training for anyone who plans to spend more than a few hours out boating.

You can get your PCOC card by taking an in-person or online course and successfully completing the exam. The card is good for life and is enforceable.  If you’re out on the water, make sure you keep it handy as you can be pulled over and asked for it by law enforcement or volunteer officers.

If you are renting a boat for a short period of time, a PCOC is not required by TC. Rental companies are equipped with a TC safety check list, which they’ll walk customers through before heading out.

PCOC is a Transport Canada accredited,  for more information, read their detailed FAQ’s.

You can take the PCOC course and exam with these course providers.


What Other Boating Courses Are There?

In addition to your PCOC, additional training is highly recommended for all boaters. Courses are available at these schools in Ontario and include hands-on training and classroom instruction on everything from how to skipper or crew a boat, operating a marine radio, how to dock, trailer, anchor etc.

Training programs are available from the most basic skill level up to Yacht Master Certification and, as each school calls their courses by a different name, we recommend you contact a course provider to learn more.

Wherever you choose to take your instruction, you’ll want to ensure that your training provider is certified by Ontario Sailing (Sail Canada), International Yacht Training or International Sail + Power.

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