Federal Boating News
September 3, 2009
New Canadian Boater Education Requirement Could
Impact U.S. Boaters
Effective September 15, 2009, Canada is requiring all operators of recreational craft in Canada obtain a "Pleasure Craft Operator Card." It may or may not apply to boaters from the United States depending on several factors:
This requirement does apply to non-residents:
- If they operate their pleasure craft in Canadian waters for more than 45 consecutive days
- Or if they operate a pleasure craft that is licensed or registered in Canada (including rented or chartered boats)
For non-residents who are required to comply with this requirement the following methods can be used to show proof of competency:
- A Canadian-issued pleasure craft operator card
- A completed boat rental safety check-list (for power-driven rental boats)
- An operator card or equivalent that meets the requirements of their state or country
Additional information can be found at the following web site: http://www.tc.gc.ca/marinesafety/debs/obs/quick/quick_visitor.htm
For more information on travel to and from Canada by boat, go to the following BoatU.S. web page:
Customs and U.S. Border Travel Information for Recreational Boaters
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