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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Tides are created by the sun and moon exerting a pull on the earth. Pleasure craft operators in coastal waters need to be mindful of the effect of tides. The rise and fall of tides can cause water levels to fluctuate by several metres and also can generate strong currents. Some tidal currents are strong enough that some pleasure craft cannot make headway against the current.

The hours and heights of high and low waters caused by tides are predictable. Other factors, such as atmospheric pressure changes, strong prolonged winds, and variations of freshwater discharge, may cause changes between the predicted tides and the actual tides.

As a pleasure craft operator, you need to know about the tides and currents in your boating area.

Where To Find Tide and Current Tables

For tide, current, and water level information, visit: