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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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Rear gate opens and boats enter lock
Gate closes and water level adjusts
Front gate opens and boats exit lock

When using locks, boaters should:

  • Make sure all boat fenders are in place.
  • Turn off the engine and generator.
  • Follow the lock attendant’s instructions and proceed slowly (no faster than 10 km/h).
  • Have people ready with mooring lines at the bow and the stern to tie up the pleasure craft inside the lock as directed by the attendant. Never leave the bow and stern lines unattended.
  • Avoid passing another boat when inside the lock, unless directed to do so by the lock attendant.
  • Wait for the lock attendant’s signal to start the engine and exit the lock.

Additional information for navigating on the St. Lawrence Seaway is found in the St. Lawrence Seaway Pleasure Craft Guide.