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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To protect yourself and others against CO poisoning while boating:

  • Allow fresh air to circulate throughout the pleasure craft at all times, even during bad weather. Be especially careful to keep the following well ventilated:
    • Cooking areas
    • Heated cabin areas
    • Areas with protective coverings
  • Make sure all fuel-burning engines and appliances are certified or designed for marine use.
    • Use them only in well-ventilated areas.
    • Take extra care if they are running when your pleasure craft is not moving.
  • Install and maintain CO detectors inside your pleasure craft. Replace batteries and detectors as recommended by the manufacturer.
  • Ventilate immediately if exhaust vapours are detected on the pleasure craft.
  • Know where your engine and generator exhaust outlets are located and keep everyone away from these areas because they can contain the highest concentration of carbon monoxide.
  • Never sit on the back deck, “teak surf,” or hang on the swim platform while the engines are running.
  • Never enter areas under swim platforms where exhaust outlets are located—even for a second. One or two breaths in this area could be fatal.
Never swim under a boat's swim platform!
Swimmers should never enter an enclosed area under the swim platform—even for a second. One or two breaths of the air in this area could be fatal.