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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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Operating a VHF radio takes some basic knowledge.

  • When operating your pleasure craft, you must monitor Channel 16 (the distress channel). If you hear a MAYDAY call, remain silent, listen, and write down information about the boat in distress. If the Canadian Coast Guard or other rescue authority does not respond, try to reach the Canadian Coast Guard while travelling toward the boat. If you cannot reach the Canadian Coast Guard, assist the other boat to the best of your ability while not placing yourself or your passengers in danger.
  • Be aware that the distance for sending and receiving messages is limited by the height of the antenna and the power of the radio.
  • Always use the one-watt setting except in an emergency or if your signal is too weak to be received clearly.