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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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Improper Speed or Distance is not maintaining a proper speed or distance while operating a pleasure craft. Operators must follow these restrictions from the Vessel Operation Restriction Regulations (VORRs).

  • It is illegal to operate at greater than an unposted speed limit of 10 km/h (6 mph) within 30 metres (100 feet) of the shore in:
    • The waters of Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta
    • The rivers and lakes in British Columbia and Nova Scotia
    • The Nitinat River and Nitinat Lake, upstream of Nitinat Bar, in British Columbia
    • Bras d’Or Lake in Nova Scotia, inland of a line drawn between Coffin Point and Red Head in Great Bras d’Or Channel and the inland end of St. Peters Canal
  • The speed limit of 10 km/h (6 mph) applies in the provinces listed above unless other speed limits are posted. In Quebec, shoreline speed restrictions apply on specific bodies of water and usually are posted.
  • These restrictions do not apply when:
    • Operating in rivers less than 100 metres (328 feet) wide
    • Operating in canals and buoyed channels
    • Waterskiing while the towing boat is taking off with or dropping a skier by heading directly away from or into the shore at a 90° angle