If you were one of the boaters let off the hook with only a warning last summer, this year will be different.
The RCMP will be cracking down on all boaters caught without a Pleasure Craft Operator Card.
In certain cases, RCMP officers were warning boaters, making sure that they were aware of the regulations and not necessarily issuing the fine last year.
This year it is expected, as it’s been in effect for a year now, that boaters do have their operator’s card and that they are meeting the regulations. Otherwise, they will most certainly face a $250 fine.
You have less than one month left to get your boating license before Transport Canada makes it more difficult for you to do so. Staring April 15, the Pleasure Craft Operator’s license test will be longer and more difficult. An extra 14 questions will be added to the test.
Also effective April 15, 2011, the online exam process will change to a more comprehensive format.
A minimum of 3 hours of study time will be required to study the 5 chapter online course, passing chapter quizzes sequentially, and finally taking a 50 question exam. Students will not have to study all in one sitting, but rather can save their progress and return when their schedule permits. Students can take the online course at their own pace, spreading out the required study time if so desired. Effective April 15th, the online course will no longer require a Supervisor for the exam, and it can be done from the comfort of the student’s own home or anywhere with an Internet connection. It will also be an open book exam.
Effective April 15, 2011 at midnight EST, the new online course format will take effect. Any student taking the online course after this time, must use the new format, even if the student registered and paid prior to April 15th, or even if an unsuccessful exam attempt was made before April 15th.
To get your Pleasure Craft Operator Card online click here.