Get "Boat Smart"
You learned the "Rules of the Road" before you sat behind the wheel of a car-and you should do the same before taking the helm. Learning the basics of boat operation and boat safety is best done before your first trip to the marina or launch ramp. Transport Canada regulations require most power boat operators to have a Pleasure Craft Operators Card. The following resources will help you learn more about boating education and safety:
Many organizations offer boating courses in almost every community. Boating courses are available through commercial boating schools nationwide as well and many reputable boat dealers offer an orientation session with the purchase of a new boat. For a complete list of accredited organizations, visit Transport Canada's list of Boating Safety Course Providers.