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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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Here are the equipment requirements for human-powered vessels, including canoes, kayaks, rowboats, and rowing shells.

  • Personal Lifesaving Appliances:
    • One lifejacket or PFD for each person on board
    • One buoyant heaving line at least 15 metres (49ʹ3ʺ) long
    • One reboarding device if the freeboard distance is over 0.5 metres (1ʹ8ʺ)
  • Vessel Safety Equipment: One bailer or one manual bilge pump or a non-manual bilge pump and water level detection system
  • Fire-Fighting Equipment: None required
  • Visual Signals for Vessels Over 6 Metres (19ʹ8ʺ) in Length:
    • One watertight flashlight
    • Six type A, B, or C flares unless the vessel meets one of the exemptions listed in the Small Vessel Regulations, Part 2, #213–Visual Signals
  • Navigation Equipment:
    • One sound-signalling device or appliance
    • Navigation lights if the vessel is operated between sunset and sunrise or during periods of restricted visibility
    • One magnetic compass; not required if the vessel:
      • Is 8 metres (26ʹ3ʺ) or less in length and…
      • Is operated within sight of navigation marks.
    • One radar reflector unless the pleasure craft meets one of the exemptions listed in the Collision Regulations, Schedule 1, Rule 40 (Radar Reflectors)