OTTAWA, Sept. 14 /CNW Telbec/ - After a 10 year federal law phase in period, the deadline will arrive tonight at midnight for all Canadian boaters to have their Pleasure Craft Operator Card, commonly referred to as a boating license, or they risk expensive fines. Effective tomorrow, anyone operating a powered watercraft recreationally in the country must have the Card.
Approximately 3 million boaters have taken their boater exam already and have the Card, however an estimated 10 million boaters still need the card!
BoaterExam.com's Official web site; www.BoaterExam.com is Transport Canada accredited and the solution for boaters to get certified in time. The website and customer service centre is open for business 24 hours per day to accommodate the rush of boaters who have waited to the last minute.
The 36 question, multiple choice exam requires a 75% mark to receive a passing grade. Boaters can print a temporary card as soon as they pass online and their permanent card is mailed to their home in a few weeks, and the card is good-for-life, it never needs to be renewed.
This law applies to all ages, many people think that kids need to be 16yrs to get certified and that if you are 65 yrs and up you are grandfathered, this is false, there is no minimum age to get certified, and no age exemption. Others think that you don't need the card if your motor is under 10 horsepower, but in fact it's needed to operate any size motors, even an electric motor on a canoe for example.
"Taking the test online is convenient and the study material is free online", says Robert Dupel, spokesperson for BoaterExam.com. "What is keeping us really busy is all the boaters who have lost their Card and are calling to get a replacement card before Tuesday so they can keep boating legally. "BoaterExam.com's national database of boaters, the largest in the country, is the first place boaters should look if they have lost their card, chances are we have their record on file" says Dupel.
BoaterExam.com is the most important course provider in the country and offers boaters various ways to get certified; online, in class or home study. For more information visit www.BoaterExam.com or call their Boating Safety Info Line 24/7 Toll Free at 1-866-688-2628.
These services are offered equally in both official languages, the French web site is www.ExamenBateau.com BoaterExam.com is also approved by NASBLA and the US Coast Guard in 38 states.
For further information: For further information: media inquiries please contact Robert Dupel at 1-866-688-2628 or on his cell at (613) 799-6463 or email@example.com