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 conditions for inflatable PFDs to be approved under Canada’s Small Vessel Regulations are as follows.

Inflatable PFDs are not approved for persons who are:

  • less than 16 years of age
  • operating or riding on PWCs
  • engaging in white-water paddling

Inflatable PFDs must have:

  • An undamaged inflation cartridge that is in good working condition. If not, the PFD must be worn fully inflated.
  • Compatible parts for the inflator and CO2 cylinder (see your owner’s manual). If the parts aren’t compatible, the PFD may not inflate properly.