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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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Here are the requirements for axes from the Small Vessel Regulations.

  • Pleasure craft up to 12 metres (39.4 feet) in length are not required to carry an axe on board.
  • Pleasure craft that are more than 12 metres in length up to 24 metres (39.4 feet to 78.7 feet) in length are required to carry one axe.

The preferred type of axe is a fireman’s axe that has a short handle and a head with a spike and a cutting edge. On pleasure craft, any type of axe is acceptable, including a hatchet.

Store axes in a readily accessible area. In an emergency, an axe can be used to cut a tow line.

Fireman's axe
A fireman’s axe has a short handle and a head with a spike and a cutting edge.