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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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  • Jet drives propel a boat by forcing a jet of water out the back of the boat. Directing this jet of water steers the boat.
  • Personal watercraft are the most common type of pleasure craft that use a jet drive.
  • Jet drives also may power larger boats (jet boats) and are used commonly for boats designed for shallow water conditions. Jet boats can have inboard or outboard jet drives.
Outboard and inboard jet drives
Jet drives use an engine to power a strong water pump, which sucks up water and then forces the water out the back to thrust the boat forward.