Boaters Beware: Get Certified

6 Million Canadians Still Without Operator Card

OTTAWA, May 17 /CNW Telbec/ - As Victoria Day long weekend and the unofficial kickoff to summer quickly approaches there are still 6 million Canadians without a Pleasure Craft Operator Card, commonly referred to as a "boating licence". Summer 2010 marks the first-ever boating season where ALL Canadian boat operators, regardless of age, must be certified and those without an Operator Card risk expensive fines.

"May 22-28 is North American Boating Safety Awareness Week and part of maintaining best practices when on the water is to be carded in Canada - in fact it's the law," said Robert Dupel, spokesperson for

The law, as part of a 10-year federal law phase-in period, will see non-compliant boaters receive fines of no less than $250 across Canada's lakes, rivers and waterways. Boat operators must have a card regardless of size of motor including for example an electric motor on a canoe.

With time running out for many who plan to launch their boats on the May 24th weekend, there is still an opportunity to learn about boating safety and become certified before hitting the water. is a Transport Canada Accredited Course Provider offering the Pleasure Craft Operator Card exam online and is a convenient way to get certified quickly and efficiently.

To obtain the card boaters must receive a grade of 75% or higher on a 36-question, multiple-choice exam after which time a temporary card can be printed with the permanent card mailed shortly after. For those wanting to learn from an instructor, offers a safe boating classroom course as well.

"It's imperative that Canadian boaters know the legal requirement for being certified when on the water this season," added Dupel. "With the water levels at record lows in some parts of the country, now more than ever boaters need to know and practise safe boating on the water this season." is Canada's largest course provider offering boaters a number of ways to become certified: online or in class in English and French. For more information visit: or call their Boating Safety Info Line toll-free at: 1-866-688-2628 from 9 a.m. to midnight EST daily.


For further information: For further information: an in-water safe boating demonstration or request for interview, contact Robert Dupel at 1-866-688-2628, Phone: 1-877-722-8838 x249,

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