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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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Detailed information on sound-signalling devices and appliances is found in the Collision Regulations. Here are the basic requirements.

  • Sailboats and powerboats less than 12 metres (39.4 feet) in length that do not have a sound-signalling appliance must carry one sound-signalling device that is audible for at least one-half nautical mile. This includes PWCs.
  • Sailboats and powerboats 12 metres and up to 20 metres (39.4 feet to 65.6 feet) in length must be fitted with a whistle that is audible for at least one-half nautical mile.
  • Sailboats and powerboats 20 metres (65.6 feet) or more in length must be fitted with a whistle and bell that are audible for at least one-half nautical mile.