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Get Your Nova Scotia boating license

The Official Online Transport Canada Boating Course, Test and License.

The Official Online Transport Canada Boating Course, Test and License.

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$29.95 per boater

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“It’s all about freedom. no roads, no lines, no boundaries to guide my adventures.”

Calvin T. – Lake of the Woods, Ontario

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BOATsmart! is the easiest and fastest way to get your Nova Scotia Boating License. We include everything you need.
1. Take the course
Study up with the Official Boating Safety Course. Animated and narrated lessons put you in the captain’s seat. Anywhere, on any device and perfect for all ages.
2. Ace the test
It’s easy. Our Transport Canada multiple-choice test is open book with unlimited free retries. Basically, you’re guaranteed to pass and it’s good for life!
3. You’re the captain now
Print your temporary Nova Scotia Boating License immediately and we’ll see you on the water. Your permanent card will arrive by mail – but that’s not important, you’ll be out on the boat!

Who needs it?

Listen up! In Nova Scotia, all operators of motorized boats are required to obtain and carry a Pleasure Craft Operators Card regardless of age, length of both or engine horsepower. There’s a $250 fine for boating without it.
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We've been making smart boaters for more than 15 years. BOATsmart! is Canada's largest Transport Canada Accredited Course Provider. Your BOATsmart! Card is also accepted in more than 40 U.S. states. We’ve got you covered!

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Made for boaters, by boaters. The BOATsmart! Course is the fastest, easiest way to get your Official Canadian Boating License. Study at your own pace and we'll automatically track your progress. We include 24/7 access, live customer support and a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. Plus, exclusive partner discounts.

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Boating in Nova Scotia

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With over 7,600 kilometers of saltwater coastline, 6,700 lakes and 130 rivers, Nova Scotia is an ideal location for boating enthusiasts.

How to get a boat license in Nova Scotia

Do I need a Pleasure Craft operator Card?
As of September 15 2009, it’s mandatory to carry proof of competency when operating a motorized boat in Nova Scotia. This is most commonly known as a Pleasure Craft Operator Card or boating license. Need yours? Take the BOATsmart! Transport Canada accredited safe boating course and test online now!
Do I need a Pleasure Craft License?
A Pleasure Craft License or ‘boat license’ is a document and a set of I.D. numbers. The document must be on board your boat at all times and the numbers must be displayed on the bow of your boat at all times.

All motorized boats and PWCs in Ontario powered by 10 horsepower or more are required to have a Pleasure Craft License. The number must be displayed on both sides of the bow, above the waterline, as far forward as possible, in block letters at least 7.5cm high that contrast with the colour of the boat.

You can obtain a 10 year license for free from Service Canada. You must renew the license after the 10 year period has expired.

How to get a pleasure craft license
You can obtain a 10 year license for free one of the following two ways:

Option 1: Apply for a free Pleasure Craft License online.
Option 2: Download a paper application form and mail the completed form to the Pleasure Craft Licensing Centre at the following address:

Pleasure Craft Licensing Centre
P.O. Box 2006
Fredericton, New Brunswick
E3B 5G4

Nova Scotia’s Boating Laws & Fines

Nova Scotia’s Age & Horsepower Restrictions
12 years of age & under
Can operate a boat without supervision so long as the engine is not more than 10 horsepower and they have proof of competency. They are not allowed to operate a PWC under any conditions.
12-16 years of age
Can operate a boat without supervision as long as the engine is not more than 40 horsepower and they have proof of competency. They are not allowed to operate a PWC under any conditions.
16+ years of age
Can operate a boat or PWC without supervision or horsepower restrictions so long as they have proof of competency.

$250

Failure to carry a Pleasure Craft Operator Card

$250

Violation of age and horsepower restrictions

$200

Insufficient number of Transport Canada approved lifejackets or PFDs (warning: the fine applies for EACH missing or improper lifejacket or PFD)

$250

Operating a PWC under 16 years of age

$500

Operating a vessel in an unsafe manner

Go Boating in Nova Scotia

With over 7,600 kilometers of saltwater coastline, 6,700 lakes and 130 rivers, Nova Scotia is an ideal location for boating enthusiasts. Looking to whale watch along the coast of the Atlantic Ocean, sail Mahone Bay or try your hand at fishing? Nova Scotia has you covered.

All operators of motorized boats in Nova Scotia, including personal watercrafts, motorized sailboats and small boats with electric trolling motors are required to carry a Pleasure Craft Operator Card. Get your Nova Scotia boat license to stay safe on the water.

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