Impending deadline for boaters - Less than 7 days for millions of Canadians to be licensed

    OTTAWA, Sept. 9 /CNW/ - More than 8 million Canadians are rushing to
obtain their Pleasure Craft Operator Card by September 15, 2009. Boaters
caught without the card after the federal deadline will face a $250.00 fine.
    Less than 2 million boaters have the card, leaving another 8 million
anxious to meet the deadline in less than a week. The operator card, which is
commonly referred to as a "boating license", can be obtained from BOATsmart!
    "As an official provider of the exam, we've seen a substantial increase
in demand to obtain the card" says Cameron Taylor, spokesperson for BOATsmart!
Canada. The organization's website,, has been the
leading choice for Canadians to complete the exam. "We've experienced a
massive increase in the number of Canadians completing the exam online with
BOATsmart! Canada" remarks Taylor.
    The official course and exam are available 24/7 online at The website includes free retries, practice exams and
free study material. Boaters can complete the online exam in approximately 30
minutes and print a temporary slip immediately upon passing in order to meet
the deadline. BOATsmart! Canada also offers accredited test locations in
communities across Canada which are listed on the organization's website.
    Canadians must achieve a passing grade of 75% on the official exam in
order to qualify for the card. The exam consists of 36 multiple choice
questions on topics such as navigation and right-of-way rules. Once obtained,
the card is good for life.
    BOATsmart! Canada discourages Canadians from being lured into taking the
exam from providers suggesting that it will increase in difficulty or price.
"Our interest is ensuring that Canadians are well prepared to boat safely."
remarks Taylor, adding that BOATsmart! Canada will continue to offer the exam
and study materials to Canadians beyond the deadline.
    Phased in over the past 10 years, the federal government originally
introduced the law to establish a minimum level of competency amongst Canadian
    ALL operators of powered boats including personal watercraft, small
fishing boats and motorized sailing craft must obtain a Pleasure Craft
Operator Card before the deadline expires - or be subject to the $250 fine.
The law applies to boaters young and old and there is no "grandfather" clause.
    Boaters who have lost or misplaced their card can contact BOATsmart!
Canada's Infoline at 1-877-792-3926 to access the organization's national
database and obtain a replacement card.

    BOATsmart! is accredited by Transport Canada and is Canada's largest
Course Provider. The organization's mission is to educate recreational boaters
and promote the safe, enjoyable and environmentally friendly use of Canada's

For further information:

For further information: For media inquiries and to arrange an
interview, please contact Cameron Taylor, President, BOATsmart! Canada,
1-877-792-3926 x212, Cell (416) 524-8943,,

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