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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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Pilots of large vessels have limited views from the bridge and require long distances to come to a full stop—often 1.2 to 2.4 kilometres (¾ to 1½ miles). When crossing shipping lanes or traveling in shipping lanes, pleasure craft operators need to watch for large ships and keep the following in mind.

  • Watch out for other vessels, and be ready to slow down and yield to large vessels. Use radar and a radio if you have them.
  • Make your pleasure craft more visible by operating in a group with other small boats.
  • Stay off the water in fog or high winds.
  • Stay clear of docked ferries, ferries in transit, vessels in tow, and working fishing vessels.
  • Remember that there may be an unlit space of several hundred metres between the bow and stern lights, such as when a tugboat is pushing a barge.
  • Allow ample room when crossing or traveling behind a ship or tugboat. Dangerously strong underwater currents created by engines can extend for hundreds of metres behind the ship or tugboat.
  • In commercial shipping channels:
    • Avoid commercial shipping traffic lanes by as wide of a margin as possible.
    • Do not obstruct commercial navigation.
    • Cross channels at a right angle to the flow of vessel traffic or as practical.
  • Never anchor in a shipping lane.