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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Risk management is the process of recognizing and acting upon accident warning signs or minimizing the effects of an accident if it does occur.

  • The best way to avoid having a serious accident is to take a few simple steps toward accident prevention. The water can be an unfriendly environment if you don’t recognize risks and are not properly prepared for them.
  • By taking this safety course, you are practicing risk management. You’ve already reduced the chance that you will be involved in a dangerous boating emergency by learning safe boating practices.
    • You now know the “rules of the road” and how important it is to pay close attention to other boats and potential hazards and to maintain a safe speed. By practicing these rules, you greatly reduce the chance that you’ll be involved in an accident.
    • Developing a habit of wearing your lifejacket or PFD at all times also reduces the chance that you will drown should you find yourself in the water unexpectedly.