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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Here are terms that are used in this course.

  • Vessel: A ship, pleasure craft, or non-pleasure craft capable of being used as a means of transportation on water
  • Pleasure Craft: A vessel that is used only for pleasure or recreational activities, such as fishing or water sports, and does not carry paid passengers
  • Non-Pleasure Craft: A small commercial vessel that carries goods or passengers (people who have paid a fee to be transported), a workboat, a commercial fishing vessel, etc.
  • Boat: A pleasure craft
  • Power-Driven Vessel: Any vessel that is propelled by a motor or machinery
  • Sailing Vessel: Any vessel that is propelled only by wind in its sails and not by a motor or machinery
  • Operate: To control the speed and course of a pleasure craft
  • Operator: The person in control of the speed and course of a pleasure craft
  • Design Waterline: The waterline when a pleasure craft is at its maximum recommended gross load capacity