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BOATSmart Guide Module1

BOATSmart Guide Module1

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private craft operators manual module 1 canada
private craft operators manual module 1 canada

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IN THIS MODULE YOU’LL LEARN
Age and horsepower restrictionsOperator Competency RequirementsThe Acts, Regulations and Code that govern boatingCapacity Plates and Pleasure Craft RegistrationYour legal responsibilities when boatingThat drugs, alcohol and boating don’t mixYour responsibility to assist other boaters in distress
MODULE 1
BOATING IN CANADA
RULES AND REGULATIONS
 
Boating in Canada
Recreational boating is a pastime that many of usenjoy. In fact, each year over 8 million boaters taketo Canada’s waterways. Unfortunately, not all survive.The Canadian Red Cross and the Lifesaving Society ofCanada report approximately 200 boating fatalitiesper year. Sadly, most of these deaths are
preventable.
 In addition more than 6,000 unreported non-fatalBy choosing to complete this study guide and obtainyour
Pleasure Craft Operator Card
you have madethe choice to increase boating safety and fun for all!
It’s everyone’s responsibility
As a boater in Canada, you are expected tounderstand and obey the rules and regulationsthat apply on Canadian waterways. By usingcommon sense and operating your craft in a safe andresponsible manner, you’ll protect yourself,your passengers and your fellow boaters.Canadian boat operators should understand andrecognize the most common causes of on-waterincidents and fatalities:- Not wearing a Personal Flotation Device (PFD)- Person overboard (falling overboard)- Capsizing (sinking, swamping, grounding) andcollisions with other vessels- Operating a vessel while impaired by drugsor alcohol
Operator training and certification
On
April 1, 1999
the Canadian Coast Guard enactedthe
Competency of Operators Pleasure Craft Regulations 
. These regulations have been phasedin over a ten year period and require that operatorsobtain a
Pleasure Craft Operator Card.
This lawapplies to
all operators of powered vessels fittedwith a motor, including Personal Watercraft (PWCs)and powered sailboats.
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As of september 15, 2009
As of September 15, 2009 all operators of motorizedvessels are required to carry proof of competency, suchas a Pleasure Craft Operator Card, on boardat all times. Proof of competency is required forall motorized vessels including Personal Watercraft(PWCs), powered sailboats and small vessels withelectric trolling motors. There are no exemptions formotor type, length of boat or age of vessel operator.Federal law requires your original Operator Card to becarried on board - A photocopy of your Pleasure CraftOperator Card is not acceptable. Replacement cardscan be obtained from BOATsmart! Canada by callingtoll free 1-877-792-3926 or visitingwww.BoatSmartExam.com
.
Non-residents
Pleasure craft operator competency requirementsapply to all non-residents operating their non-Canadian or foreign-registered craft in Canadianwaters for more than
forty five consecutive days.
 
*Proof of competency can include a Pleasure Craft Operator Card,approved Rental Boat Safety Checklist, an official Boating SafetyCourse Completion Card or a recognized Boating Safety CourseCertificate issued prior to April 1, 1999.
Safe boater training
Boaters lacking in experience should take a boatingsafety course. A boating safety course is a valuable,life-saving tool that will:1) Teach you to be aware of the acts, codeand regulations that govern actions onCanadian waterways2) Teach you how to respond in emergency situations3) Ensure you understand your responsibilities as apleasure craft or PWC operator4) Teach you how to properly and safely operateyour pleasure craft or PWCTo learn more about official boating safety coursesand to find a course in your community visit:www.BoatSmartExam.com
or call 1-877-792-3926.
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It’s the law
The
Competency of Operators Pleasure Craft Regulations 
were established on January 15, 1999,pursuant to Section 562 of the
Canada Shipping Act 2001
. The
Regulations
were set into force onApril 1, 1999.For more information on the
Competency of Operators Pleasure Craft Regulations 
,please contact:
BOATsmart! Canada
www.BoatSmartExam.com
1-877-792-3926
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