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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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If operating a power-driven vessel, you must give way to:

  • Any vessel not under command, such as an anchored or disabled vessel
  • Any vessel restricted in its ability to manoeuvre, such as a vessel towing, laying cable, or picking up navigation markers, or a vessel constrained by its draft, such as a large ship in a channel
  • A vessel engaged in commercial fishing
  • A sailing vessel unless it is overtaking

If operating a sailing vessel, you must give way to:

  • Any vessel not under command
  • Any vessel restricted in its ability to manoeuvre
  • A vessel engaged in commercial fishing

If operating a vessel engaged in fishing, you must give way to:

  • Any vessel not under command
  • Any vessel restricted in its ability to manoeuvre

If operating a paddlecraft, such as a canoe or kayak:

  • Keep a sharp lookout to avoid a collision since other vessel operators may not see you.
  • Use a whistle or other sound-signalling device to make other boaters aware of your presence. At night, also use a flashlight, lantern, or flare.
  • Paddle as close to shore as is safe, and avoid channels used by larger craft.