MORE PCOC QUESTIONS
Taken with permission from the CPS member Magazine - Port Hole
Q: I have my license but I am very curious about a couple of things. What happens to Americans coming fishing and don't of course have a license. What about cottage owners? A lot of people may not go on that once a year fishing trip because it just is not worth it. I agree to having the license but it seems we may lose a lot to .Please let me know.
A: As of September 15, 2009 any visitor from outside Canada who operates a Canadian powered vessel while they are here will have to carry a Pleasure Craft Operator Card or a copy of a completed Rental Boating Safety Checklist. This includes all Personal Watercraft. If visitors to Canada bring their own powered vessel they have up to 45 days continuous before they have to meet all related Canadian regulations. Until the end of the 45 days they are required to meet all the related regulations in their own country and/or state.
The Canadian regulations are required to be met by all operators of Canadian powered vessels, this includes cottagers, regardless of whether they operate the vessel one or more times each season. Please note, the Pleasure Craft Operator Card is not a license. It is an operator certificate of competency much like any other education certificate. Once you have it, it is good for life and cannot be taken away. I would also suggest that as boaters we won't loose a lot but in fact gain much more enjoyment from our boating activities because greater knowledge will breed more confident and safer boaters.
All the key learning points, the information required to pass the PCOC and much more can be found in our Boat Pro Handbook and we are about to introduce a new exciting and easy to use CD to go with that handbook.
John Gullick, Manager of Government and Special Programmes, Canadian Power & sail Squadrons
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