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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If someone on your pleasure craft falls overboard, you need to immediately:

  • Reduce speed and toss the victim a lifejacket or PFD, unless you know he or she is already wearing a lifejacket or PFD.
  • Turn your pleasure craft around and slowly pull alongside the victim, approaching the victim from downwind or into the current, whichever is stronger.
  • Stop the engine.
  • Use a reaching assist—or a buoyant heaving line or lifebuoy—to pull the victim to the side of the pleasure craft.
  • Use a reboarding device to help the victim get into the pleasure craft. If you do not have a reboarding device, pull the victim on board over the stern, keeping the weight in the pleasure craft balanced, especially in small boats.