Water Safety

Boat Licences

The Government of Canada requires every person who operates a motorized boat in Canada to obtain proof of competency. You can obtain a Pleasure Craft Operator Card by passing a Transport Canada accredited boating safety test. Getting your Operator Card proves that you are a competent boater and ensures that you understand Canada's navigation rules and how to boat safely.

Boaters can obtain their official Pleasure Craft Operator Card, commonly known as a boat license or boat card, by successfully passing the BOATsmart! exam.

Floating the Channel

With its location alongside two great lakes connected by a navigable channel, Penticton is a natural starting point for venturing out on the water. But before you depart, consider your safety first.

Whether you’re in a canoe, kayak, rowboat, rowing shell or inflatable tube, if you’re getting from Point A to Point B, you’re “navigating” and are required to carry mandatory safety equipment, as outlined by Transport Canada’s Small Vessel Regulations.

So, which safety equipment will you need?

  • A correctly fitted Personal Floatation Device (PDF)
  • A buoyant heaving line
  • A whistle

For more information and tips on boat safety, please visit Transport Canada’s Office of Boating Safety website.