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Take this Transport Canada-approved online course, print your temporary PCOC, and be on the water in just a few hours.

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How to Get your Boating License in 4 Easy Steps

Step 1

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est. 2–3 mins

Sign Up

To get started, sign-up for a Boat Ed student account, pay for the official Transport Canada-approved course, and start the course from your student dashboard.

Step 2

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est. 3–4 hrs

Study & Pass at Your Own Pace

Take the course on any desktop, tablet or mobile device, and don't worry about completing everything in one sitting. We save your progress after each lesson!

Step 3

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est. 1–5 mins

Print Your Temporary License Immediately

After successfully passing the final Transport Canada exam, you're able to print your temporary Pleasure Craft Operator Card and go boating right away.

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Get on the Water!

That's it! You're ready to legally and confidently operate a boat. Also you'll now have access to exclusive offers on additional courses and products!

Transport Canada Requirements for the PCOC

There is no minimum age requirement to take this online course.

You do not have to be a resident of Canada to take this online course.

If you want to operate a pleasure craft for recreation in Canada, you must complete a boater safety course and pass the Transport Canada Exam. If you are a non-resident boater, proof of certification from a NASBLA–approved boating course is required for boating on Canadian waters.

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Boating in Saskatchewan

Do you prefer boating, sailing, water skiing, canoeing, kayaking, or another water sport? No matter what you choose, Saskatchewan with its 100,000 lakes and rivers has a place where you can get out on the water. If you want to boat or sail for long distances, Lake Diefenbaker in the southern part of the province is 220 km long and also offers sandy beaches for you to enjoy. Another scenic area in southern Saskatchewan is the Qu’Appelle Valley with the Pasqua, Echo, Mission, and Katepwa Lakes where you can go boating, water skiing, and sailing in the summer. You could even experience the Legend of the Qu’Appelle, a Cree spirit who roams the valley asking “Who calls?”

If you are looking for other outdoor activities to go along with boating, you can visit any of the 34 provincial parks and almost 100 regional parks located throughout Saskatchewan. Kipabiskau Regional Park, located in the Barrier River Valley, offers opportunities for water skiing, boating, and kayaking as well as camping and hiking. Meadow Lake Provincial Park has a series of more than 20 lakes for boaters and paddlers to enjoy. In northern Saskatchewan, Candle Lake in Candle Lake Provincial Park features crystal clear water and 7 km of sandy beaches along with numerous other activities.

Since Saskatchewan has more sunshine in the summer than any other province, you might decide to boat on one of the province’s four major river systems—North Saskatchewan, South Saskatchewan, Assiniboine, or Churchill. Along the Churchill River, you will find not only Nistowiak Falls, one of the highest waterfalls in Saskatchewan, but also numerous bald eagles during the summer. Paddlers on the Quill Lakes can see a variety of birds, such as black-crowned night herons, marbled godwits, or even endangered piping plovers.

With all of these opportunities for recreational boating and sightseeing, boating safety becomes a primary concern. Nothing ruins an outing on the water faster than a boating accident. By taking a boating safety education course, you will get a basic knowledge of pleasure craft operation, the safety equipment you are required to have, the rules of the waterways, ways to avoid collisions, and how to handle emergency situations, giving you the tools you need to operate safely on Saskatchewan’s waterways.

I want to operate a boat in Saskatchewan. How do I get the Saskatchewan boating license?

You may have heard that you need a Canada boating license or Saskatchewan boating license to operate a boat. Unlike driving a car, you do not need a driver’s license or a boater’s license to operate a pleasure craft. What you really need is a Canada PCOC. This card is proof that you have successfully completed an approved boating safety course that is required for pleasure craft operators in Saskatchewan and other provinces. Since the PCOC does not expire and does not need to be renewed, it is not called the Canadian Boat License, Saskatchewan boat license, or pleasure craft license.

Who needs a PCOC?

In Canada, anyone who operates a pleasure craft must carry proof of competency on board if the pleasure craft has any type of motor and is used for recreational purposes. This includes boats powered by trolling motors.

Proof of competency shows that a person has at least the basic level of boating knowledge that is necessary to operate a pleasure craft safely. The most common proof of competency is a PCOC that a boater receives after passing a Transport Canada–approved boating safety course. The Canada PCOC is accepted as proof of competency in Saskatchewan and all other provinces.

How do I get a PCOC?

You can get your PCOC by taking the Transport Canada–approved boating safety course from Boat Ed. The Boat Canada boating safety course from Boat Ed was developed specifically for Transport Canada to meet the competency requirements for the PCOC. By taking your boating course on, you can be sure that when you complete the course and pass the Transport Canada Boating Safety Test, you will have the Canada PCOC that you need to operate a pleasure craft legally in Saskatchewan and all other provinces.

With Boat Ed, you can complete an online boating safety course at your own pace and on any device—a smartphone, tablet, laptop, or desktop computer. All courses are mobile-ready, which means that you can complete your course easily and in the way that is most convenient for you. And it only takes a few hours of your time to complete the requirements to get your card.

What if I go boating in another province?

The PCOC that you receive after taking the online Boat Canada Course from Boat Ed is national, making it the only card that you need to operate a pleasure craft in any Canadian province.

If you go boating in the United States, the PCOC is recognized by the United States Coast Guard and the U.S. National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) as meeting their education standards. (This is known as “reciprocity.”)

Why should I take my boating safety course from Boat Ed?

Boat Ed is produced by Kalkomey Enterprises, LLC. Kalkomey is dedicated to providing print and online boating education courses for North American boaters in Canada and the United States. Boat Ed is the only boating safety education course and exam provider that develops online courses, eBooks, and print materials on behalf of government boating and boater safety agencies in North America.

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The Boat Canada boating safety course from Boat Ed was developed specifically for Transport Canada and meets the competency requirements for the Canada Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC).

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Canada Boating FAQs

Price and Payment

How much does the Canada Boat Ed Course Exam cost?

The fee for the Canada Boat Ed Course Exam is $59.95.

Taking the Course

Are there any age or operator restrictions for boating in Canada?

Do I have to complete the course all at once?

You may complete the course at your own pace. The course can be completed in one sitting or completed a little at a time over several days. This course is available for 90 days from time of registration and payment.

What is the minimum age to take this online course?

There is no minimum age requirement to take this online course.

Do I have to be a resident to take the Canada Boat Ed Course?

You do not have to be a resident of Canada to take this online course.

Course Approval and Acceptance

Is the Canada Boat Ed Course approved by the Transport Canada?

Boat Ed is accredited by Transport Canada to deliver boating safety courses and administer tests for the issuance of Pleasure Craft Operator Cards, including replacement cards, under the Competency of Operators of Pleasure Craft Regulations.

Is my Canada Pleasure Craft Operator Card accepted elsewhere?

All provinces, territories, and states that have mandatory boater education requirements will accept the Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC). Likewise, Canada will accept boating education cards that are issued by states that meet NASBLA requirements as proof of competency. (This is known as “reciprocity.”)

Quizzes and/or Exams

I failed a unit quiz. Have I failed the course?

If you fail a unit quiz, you must restudy the unit and take the quiz again until you pass. You must score at least 80% on the unit quizzes to pass.

Do I have to take an online exam?

After reviewing all units, you must take and pass the Transport Canada Boating Safety Test covering all the course material. You have 30 days to write the online Transport Canada Boating Safety Test, which is a 50-question test.

You must score at least 75% on the Transport Canada Boating Safety Test to pass. You have two attempts to pass. If you do not pass on your first try, you may retake the test after 24 hours. If you do not pass on your second try, you must retake the online course.

You will have 1 hour and 15 minutes (75 minutes) to complete the test. Once you begin the exam, it is strongly recommended that you complete it in one session. During the test, a timer will display your remaining time; if your Internet connection is slow, the timer will turn off while test questions and answer choices are downloading. If you run out of time before completing the test, any unanswered questions will be counted as wrong.

About Your Certification

What is the proof of online Canada Boat Ed Course completion?

Once you pass the Transport Canada Boating Safety Test and pay for the Pleasure Craft Operator Card, you will be able to immediately print out the Temporary Pleasure Craft Operator Card. This is your proof of online course completion. You can print the Temporary Pleasure Craft Operator Card right then, and/or request that a PDF be emailed to you.

What is the permanent Canada Pleasure Craft Operator Card?

The Pleasure Craft Operator Card is proof that you have successfully completed all the education requirements. The Pleasure Craft Operator Card will arrive within 3-5 weeks after you complete all certification requirements.

Replacement of Lost or Damaged Documents

How do I replace my Pleasure Craft Operator Card if I’ve lost it or it has been damaged?

To replace a lost, destroyed, or damaged Pleasure Craft Operator Card, go to

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