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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The majority of boating-related incidents and fatalities are caused by:

  • Not wearing a lifejacket or PFD
  • Falling overboard
  • Capsizing, swamping, sinking, or running aground
  • Being involved in a collision
  • Operating a pleasure craft while under the influence of alcohol or drugs

Collisions often occur because pleasure craft operators are not staying alert and keeping a lookout for other boats or objects, or are going a little faster than they should. Although some collisions happen at night when it is difficult to see, many occur in daylight hours on calm, clear days. About one-third of the time, alcohol is involved boating fatalities.

You also might be surprised to learn that 90% of those who drown while boating were not wearing a lifejacket or PFD even though there were enough lifejackets and PFDs on the pleasure craft.