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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 personal watercraft (PWCs).

  • 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 manual propelling device* or one anchor with at least 15 metres (49ʹ3ʺ) of cable, rope, or chain*
    • One bailer* or manual bilge pump*
  • Fire-Fighting Equipment: One 5B:C fire extinguisher*
  • Visual Signals: One watertight flashlight or three type A, B, or C flares (flares not required if the PWC 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 PWC is operated between sunset and sunrise or during periods of restricted visibility
    • One magnetic compass; not required if the PWC:
      • 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)
*This equipment is not required if everyone on board is wearing an inherently buoyant lifejacket or PFD.