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Boating Basics
Vancouver Power Squadron
Vancouver Squadron
Boating Basics Manual

Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC) Requirements

All Operators of pleasure craft fitted with a motor and used for recreational purposes require a PCOC or other proof of compentency.

Proof of competency can take any of several forms:

  • 1. A Pleasure Craft Operator Card;
  • 2. Proof of having successfully completed a boating safety course in Canada prior to April 1, 1999; or,
  • 3. A completed rental-boat safety checklist; or,
  • 4. Any one of several Commercial certifications (see the Office of Boating Safety website for details)

The PCOC or other relevant documentation (or copy thereof) must be carried on-board while operating a vessel. These requirements do not apply in the Northwest and Nunavut Territories at this time.

Further information on PCOC requirements can be found on the Transport Canada "Office of Boating Safety" website

Please see the CPS On-Line PCOC Course.
Vancouver Squadron will not be offering a classroom course this term.

All operators of motorized pleasure craft are required to show proof of operator competence. This course helps you and your family prepare for that test. All you need to know for your test is presented in an easy to understand format that is both informative and entertaining. This study course meets all the standards established by Transport Canada's Office of Boating Safety

After you pass the Boating Basics exam you will receive a CCG Pleasure Craft Operator Card as permanent proof of boating competency and you will be eligible to become a CPS Associate member.

As an extra benefit, if you pass the exam offered by Canadian Power & Sail Squadrons, your Card is recognized by BOTH Transport Canada and The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (USA).

This course is also available On-Line

For instruction in the use of nautical charts, plotting courses, and other topics essential for safe boating in our coastal waters, students should also take our Boating 2 and 3 course.

Courses offered by CPS

Boating 1: Boating Basics (Pleasurecraft Operator's Card)
Boating 2: Beyond Boating Basics
Boating 3: Introduction to Marine Navigation
Maritime Radio Operator Course

Boating 4: Near Shore Marine Navigation Level 1(previously called Seamanship)
Boating 5: Near Shore Marine Navigation, level 2 (previously called Advanced Pilot)
Boating 6 - Offshore Marine Navigation, Level 1 (previously called Junior Navigator)
Boating 7 - Offshore Marine Navigation, Level 2 (previously called Global Navigation)

Boat and Engine Maintenance
Marine Electrical Systems
Introduction to Weather for Recreational Boaters
Extended Cruising
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