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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The Prohibition Against Careless Operation in the Small Vessel Regulations states that a pleasure craft may not be operated in a careless manner without due care and attention, or without reasonable consideration for other persons.

  • Examples of careless operation are:
    • Operating a pleasure craft at high speeds in circles or crisscross patterns for long periods of time in the same area
    • Jumping the waves or wake of another boat too close to the other boat or in a way that causes too much engine noise
    • Weaving through heavy traffic at more than slow speed
    • Swerving at the last possible moment to avoid a collision (playing “chicken”)
    • Operating a pleasure craft at a speed that is higher than needed to maintain steering when near swimmers or non-motorized watercraft
  • To avoid causing damage to a person or property with your pleasure craft’s wake, you should reduce your speed when passing:
    • Near a swimming or diving area
    • Close to docks or the shoreline
    • Wildlife
    • Paddlecraft or other small boats