Pleasure craft operator card
vessel size; • check the weather forecast; • leave a trip plan with a responsible person; • and bring along your marine charts. Being prepared includes knowing and following the ‘rules of the road’ at all times. Always maintain a proper lookout, operate at a safe speed and keep your distance from large vessels. Don’t forget, you are responsible for the safe operation of your vessel at all times and the safety of all guests on board. All pleasure craft must carry safety equipment that may include: • lifejackets; • a buoyant heaving line; • flares and/or a flashlight; • a manual bilge pump or bailer; • navigation lights; • paddles; • an anchor; • a fire extinguisher, and; • a whistle or horn. Consult the Safe Boating Guide for a detailed list. Every powerboat operator must now carry proof of competency such as the Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC), along with photo ID — or face a $250 fine. The best way to get your proof of competency is to take a safe boating course. To learn more about boating safety courses and how to prepare for a safe outdoor adventure, visit www.boatingsafety.gc.ca.