PCOC

Sail Canada 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.

Get your card

A Sail Canada Certified Pleasure Craft Operator Card Instructor has the best training to teach you all you will need to know to pass the Transport Canada test.

You have three options:

1. Challenge Exam - Register for the test in your area
2. Refresher Course - For those who have taken boating courses before
3. Complete Course - The best choice and one that every boating family should take together 

We have professional instructors offering courses in your area right now.

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An online course and exam is now being offered by Sail Canada partner "Canadian Power and Sail Squadron" Click here to Get Started Online.

Proof of Competency

If you have completed a Sail Canada (formerly CYA) course prior to April 1, 1999 and have documentation, it may be used as proof of competency. These are the Sail Canada courses that are acceptable:

  • Basic (or Intermediate, or Advanced) Coastal Cruising
  • Basic (or Intermediate) Power Boating
  • Basic Outboarding

A copy of your certificate or the card issued at the completion of courses taken prior to April 1, 1999 will need to be carried on board the pleasure craft.

For more information on other acceptable proof of competency, please check out Transport Canada's Boating Safety FAQ page.

Have you already taken the Sail Canada (formerly CYA) Pleasure Craft Operator's Card course?

Would you like to purchase an additional replacement card? Replacement Cards cost $21.00 (including HST). Each additional card per person after costs $10.50 (including HST). Submit the form below to get yours.

If you are moving, need a correction made or a card replacement, please fill out this form and send to sailcanada@sailing.ca.

It is our belief that a boater who has not received their PCOC would have contacted Sail Canada within a twelve-month period to inquire about the status of the card. Replacement Cards cost $21.00 (including HST). Each additional card per person after costs $10.50 (including HST). The PCOC Replacement Card fee will be levied on individuals with application forms dated prior to twelve (12) months of the request for a PCOC Re-Issue.

Contact Us:
Sail Canada
Portsmouth Olympic Harbour
53 Yonge Street, Kingston, Ontario Canada K7M 6G4

Tel: (613) 545-3044
Tollfree: 1-877-416-4720
Fax: (613) 545-3045
Email: sailcanada@sailing.ca

The Sail Canada office is open Monday - Friday; 8:30am-4:30pm Eastern time. Sail Canada observes national and Ontario provincial statutory holidays.

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