About the Study Guide

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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A collision occurs when your boat or PWC collides with another boat or with a fixed or floating object such as a rock, log, bridge, or dock. Collisions can cause very serious damage, injury, or even death. The Vessel Operation Restriction Regulations (VORRs) require every pleasure craft operator to avoid a collision.

To prevent a collision, pleasure craft operators should:

  • Follow the rules of navigation.
  • Pay attention to navigation aids.
  • Keep a sharp watch and appoint one person to be the “lookout.”
  • Maintain a safe speed, especially in congested traffic and at night.
  • Look in all directions before making any turn.
  • Use caution if you are traveling directly into the sun’s glare on the water.
  • Never operate when fatigued, stressed, or consuming alcohol.
  • Be aware that floating debris is more common after heavy rainfall.