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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Pleasure craft, including PWCs, towing a person(s) on water skis, surf-board, water sled, or any similar devices must obey these laws from the Small Vessel Regulations and the Criminal Code of Canada.

  • When a boat or PWC is pulling a person on water skis, a surf-board, a water sled, or similar devices, the operator must have a responsible person on board to act as an observer.
  • The boat or PWC may not be operated by remote control.
  • PWCs that are towing a person on water skis or similar devices must be designed and recommended by the manufacturer to accommodate three persons—the operator, the observer, and the person being towed.
  • A person may not be towed between one hour after sunset and sunrise or during periods of restricted visibility.
  • If a person being towed is not wearing a Canadian-approved lifejacket or PFD, there must be a lifejacket or PFD for that person on board the boat or PWC. A ski belt is not an approved flotation device.
PWC towing wakeboarder with observer