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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Using a PWC in a dangerous way without due care and attention violates the law and has serious legal consequences.

  • Persons under 16 years of age may not operate a personal watercraft.
  • A PWC must be operated in a responsible manner. As provided in the Small Vessel Regulations, manoeuvres that endanger people or property are prohibited, including:
    • Ignoring boating restriction signs posted around the water
    • Weaving through heavy traffic at greater than slow speed
    • Riding your PWC at high speeds in circles or crisscross patterns for long periods of time in the same area
    • Jumping the wake of another boat too close to the other boat in a way that causes too much engine noise
    • Becoming airborne while crossing the wake of another boat that is less than 30 metres away
    • Riding your PWC at greater than slow speed within 30 metres of:
      • An anchored or moored vessel
      • A shoreline, dock, pier, swim float, or marked swim area
      • Swimmers, surfers, or anglers
      • Non-motorized watercraft
    • Following another boat too closely
    • Swerving at the last possible moment to avoid a collision (playing “chicken”)
PWC jumping wake