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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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Buoys are the “traffic signals” that guide pleasure craft operators safely along some waterways. They also identify dangerous or controlled areas and give directions and information. As a pleasure craft operator, you will need to know the different types of lateral, isolated danger, cardinal, and special-purpose buoys in the Canadian Aids to Navigation System.

Diagram of buoy system on waterway

While boating, keep in mind that the Criminal Code of Canada makes it illegal to:

  • Moor or attach a pleasure craft to a signal, buoy, or any other navigational aid.
  • Alter, remove, or conceal any navigational aid.