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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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Your chance of surviving cold water immersion depends on having sufficient flotation to keep your head above water, controlling your breathing, having timely rescue by yourself or others, and retaining body heat.

Prepare for boating in cold water conditions by always wearing a secured lifejacket or PFD. Also wear layered clothing for insulation. Items you can wear for extra protection from hypothermia include:

  • Anti-exposure worksuit (lifejacket with thermal protection)
  • Drysuit (use with a lifejacket or PFD and a thermal liner)
  • Floater or survival suit (full-body lifejacket)
  • Immersion suit (use when abandoning a boat in extreme conditions)
  • Wetsuit (use with a lifejacket or PFD; traps and heats water against the body)

Equip your pleasure craft with a reboarding device (ladder, lifting harness, etc.) to use if you should fall into the water.

Of course, the best prevention is to take all measures necessary to avoid capsizing your pleasure craft or falling into cold water in the first place.