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This Online Study Guide has been approved by Transport Canada strictly on the basis that it meets the requirements of the Standard for Pleasure Craft Operator Card Testing over the Internet (TP 15080E) and the Boating Safety Course and Test Syllabus (TP 14932E). This approval does not represent confirmation of authorship by the course provider. Feel free to look around, but you’ll need to register to begin progress toward getting your Pleasure Craft Operator Card

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Evaporating gasoline creates vapours or fumes that are heavier than air. These vapours settle to the bottom of the pleasure craft where they could explode if enclosed areas, such as the bilge, are not ventilated properly to remove vapours.

After fueling:

  • Put the fill cap on tightly to prevent vapours from escaping.
  • Wipe up any spilled fuel and properly dispose of the used paper towels or rags on shore.
  • Open all windows, ports, doors, and other openings.
  • If your pleasure craft is equipped with a power ventilation system (exhaust blower), turn it on for at least four minutes before starting your engine. This will help eliminate fuel vapours in the bilge.
  • Before starting the engine, sniff the bilge and engine compartment for fuel vapours. Continue ventilating until you cannot smell any fuel vapours. Consider installing a gas vapour detection and alarm device.
  • Start the engine and then reload your passengers.