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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Magnetic Compasses

To comply with the Navigation Safety Regulations, all pleasure craft must be equipped with a magnetic compass. The only exception is a pleasure craft 8 metres (26.2 feet) or less in length that is operated within sight of navigation marks.

Nautical Charts

Pleasure craft operators are legally required by the Charts and Nautical Publications Regulations to carry the most recent edition of the following navigational charts and publications for the areas in which they plan to operate:

These charts and publications are not required if the operator has sufficient knowledge of:

  • The locations of shipping routes; lights, buoys, and markers; and navigational hazards and…
  • Prevailing conditions, including factors such as tides, currents, ice, and weather patterns.