65845H(NC)—In recent years, an increasing number of recreational boater operators have improved their basic boating safety. Introduced in 1999, and fully implemented in 2009, all motorized pleasure boat operators are required to carry “a proof of competency” such as a Pleasure Craft Operator Card on board.

Even as boating safety knowledge continues to improve every year, Transport Canada receives numerous reports detailing “near misses” between recreational boats and large commercial vessels. Making sure boaters have the knowledge to safely share the waterways is one of the main reasons why Transport Canada has improved the boating safety course and tests related to the Pleasure Craft Operator Card.

As recreational boaters get ready for another season, it’s important to take the time to get trained. By taking a basic boating safety course, you will learn about: your responsibilities as a boat operator; how to safely share waterways with others; the importance of making sure all the right boating safety equipment is on board; and what to do in an emergency situation. Whether you learn best in a classroom-style setting or prefer learning at your own pace in an online environment, the information you will learn will help keep you and your family safe when you are out on the water.

If you’ve already received training, there’s no time like the present to get caught up in the latest safety information for recreational boaters by visiting Transport Canada boating safety website: www.boatingsafety.gc.ca

Transport Canada introduced “proof of competency” rules in 1999.

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