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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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These special-purpose buoys have orange symbols on white pillars, cans, or spars. They are used to:

  • Give directions and information.
  • Warn of hazards and obstructions.
  • Mark controlled areas.
  • Mark keep-out (closed) areas.

Information Buoys

Information buoys

Squares provide information such as places to find food, supplies, and repairs. They also give directions, distances, and other non-regulatory information.

Hazard Buoys

Hazard buoys

Diamonds warn of hazards such as rocks, shoals, or turbulent waters. Always proceed with caution and keep a safe distance. Never assume that every hazard will be marked by a buoy.

Control Buoys

Control buoys

Circles indicate a restricted boating area such as no wake, idle speed, speed limit, or wash restrictions. You must obey the restriction inside the circle.

Keep-Out Buoys

Keep-out buoys

Crossed diamonds indicate areas where pleasure craft are prohibited such as dams and spillways.