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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Pleasure craft operators may not hear sound signals or voices if the engine is not adequately muffled. According to the Small Vessel Regulations:

  • The exhaust of every pleasure craft that is equipped with a motor must be muffled effectively while operating within five nautical miles (9.26 km) of shore.
  • Your pleasure craft is exempt if:
    • It has an unmodified stock outboard engine or…
    • It was built before January 1, 1960, or…
    • It is being used in an official competition, or in formal training or final preparation for an official competition.

Engine Shut-Off Lines

The purpose of an engine shut-off line is to shut off the PWC’s engine if the operator falls off the PWC or is thrown from the proper operating position.

When operating a PWC, you must attach the engine shut-off line securely to your wrist, lifejacket, or PFD. This ensures that your PWC stays close if you fall overboard.