Transport Canada's new exam standards to focus on creating safer, more
TORONTO, April 12 /CNW/ - Effective April 15, all Canadian boaters will
face new, stricter boating exam standards as a result of Transport
Canada's move to standardized testing. BOATsmart! Canada, the country's
largest Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC) provider, supports this new
learning-focused approach, which aims to increase safety on all
waterways by setting a higher standard for people to obtain their
Pleasure Craft Operator Card, commonly known as a boating license.
"It is our hope that by providing Canadian boaters with increased
education and training before they head out on the water, we can
significantly decrease the number of and severity of boating-related
incidents," says BOATsmart! Canada President, Cameron Taylor. "More
than 100 boating fatalities occur each year in Canada, with another
6,000 suffering non-fatal injuries. Most of these are preventable and
this move will help better prepare boaters to enjoy Canada's
Under the new regulations, both online and in-person exams will be
increased from 36 to 50 standardized questions. In order to give a more
accurate assessment of a person's boating safety knowledge, the exam
questions themselves will be based on the latest information on
prevention practices and critical safety knowledge.
Boaters who choose to take their exam online (available at www.boatsmartexam.com) will also be required to complete an online study guide prior to
taking the exam. The online exam will no longer have to be supervised
and can be completed from any Internet connection including the
candidate's private residence.
Those who already have their BOATsmart! Card will not be affected by the
new exam standards, which include all tests taken before midnight on
April 15, 2011.
While operators of any motorized water vessel are required by law to
have a PCOC, it is estimated that out of the four to six million power
boat operators in Canada, up to three million boaters have yet to
obtain a license. Failure to present a PCOC while operating a boat can
result in a $250 fine.
"The key improvement in the new, online testing process is a renewed
focus on education and the online process is now an enhanced learning
opportunity," says Taylor. "Boaters should complete the exam not only
to avoid the fine, but to gain the knowledge it takes to keep
themselves, their passengers and other boaters on the water safe."
With the increase from 36 to 50 questions, boaters are encouraged to
prepare for their exam in advance by purchasing a BOATsmart! Home Study
Guide at participating Canadian Tire stores, or by taking the
BOATsmart! Classroom Course, available to boaters across Canada.
About BOATsmart! Canada
BOATsmart! Canada's mandate is to provide Canadians with the education
and exam access necessary to obtain their Pleasure Craft Operator Card.
Canadians can complete the exam online or in-person. The safe boating
organization has Canada's largest network of exam centres, including participating Canadian Tire stores. BOATsmart! Canada also
offers a variety of Transport Canada recognized safe boating courses,
both in classroom and on the water. Each course includes the
opportunity to complete the exam and obtain a Pleasure Craft Operator
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