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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If your pleasure craft is fitted with a toilet, the toilet must be secured to the boat—freestanding portable toilets are not allowed. Any pleasure craft with a toilet also must have a holding tank, or a holding tank and operable marine sanitation device (MSD), installed between the toilet and the deck pump-out fitting.

A holding tank is used only to collect and store sewage or sewage sludge. On pleasure craft without an MSD, collected waste must be taken ashore and disposed of at an approved pump-out facility.

Pump-out sign
Pump-Out Station Sign
Signs like this are posted at pump-out stations in Canada.