FAQ - Operators Card
Writing the Safe Boater™ Exam? We Have the Answers!
Our complete study guide can provide you with all the background information you need to answer and pass the Safe Boater™ Exam and receive your Pleasure Craft Operator Card. Below are answers to common questions regarding the Safe Boater™ Exam, boating laws and regulations, and additional information regarding the Pleasure Craft Operator Card.
Q. Why do boaters now need to have a Pleasure Craft Operator Card?
A. The Pleasure Craft Operator Card regulations are an attempt to reduce the number of boating related accidents and fatalities. The goal of the program is to encourage boaters to evaluate their capabilities and limits, to prepare themselves adequately before heading out, and to be responsible on the water.
Q. How long will it take for the Card to arrive after I've passed the exam?
A. Your permanent Pleasure Craft Operator Card will take between 3-5 weeks to arrive. A Temporary Operator Card can be printed and used while you wait for the permanent card to arrive.
Q. What if I lose my operator card?
A. If you lose your Pleasure Craft Operator Card, and you took your exam online with BOATERexam.com®, then you may order a replacement card by clicking on the LOST CARDS menu item. If you did not take your exam online with BOATERexam.com®, but you have proof that you passed an approved safe boating course, then please call our office at 1-866-688-2628 to order another card.
Q. Is the card good for life?
A. Yes. The Pleasure Craft Operator Card is good for life with no annual fees.
Q. What does the card look like?
A. The Pleasure Craft Operator Card is a "credit card" style plastic card. Here is an image of the card. Pleasure Craft Operator Card
Q. How do I get the Pleasure Craft Operator Card?
A. To receive your Pleasure Craft Operator Card you must receive a score of at least 75% on a Transport Canada approved Safe Boating Exam. You may take this exam on the Internet, on this website, and if you receive a score of 75% or greater, a Pleasure Craft Operator Card will be mailed to your home.
While the dictionary defines "Vessel" as a craft, Transport Canada wants us to clarify what is meant by this word. We mean small vessel, water craft used for pleasure, personal watercraft, ark, powered gondola or powered kayak, sailboat with power, argosy, motorboat, skiff - or we could just say - boat.