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Calling all Captains

Canada’s Official Boating Course, Test and License. Animated, narrated & perfect for all ages.

Unlimited Access $49.95

Calling all Captains

Canada’s Official Boating Course, Test and License. Animated, narrated & perfect for all ages.

Unlimited Access $49.95

Calling all captains

Canada’s Official Boating Course, Test and License.

Unlimited Access $49.95

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Captain
in 1, 2, 3

BOATsmart! is the easiest and fastest way to get your Canadian 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 Canadian 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 Canada, 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!

500,000 Smart
Boaters & growing

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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Trusted and recognized from coast to coast

The BOATsmart! Card is good for life and valid in all of Canada’s Provinces & Territories including OntarioQuebecBritish ColumbiaAlbertaManitobaNova ScotiaNew BrunswickPrince Edward IslandSaskatchewanNewfoundland & LabradorNunavut, the Northwest Territories, and the Yukon.

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The BOATsmart! Card is good for life and valid in all of Canada’s Provinces & Territories including OntarioQuebecBritish ColumbiaAlbertaManitobaNova ScotiaNew BrunswickPrince Edward IslandSaskatchewanNewfoundland & LabradorNunavut, the Northwest Territories, and the Yukon.

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The 9 most asked questions by our customers

Who is boatsmart!

 
BOATsmart!® is an official Transport Canada Accredited Course Provider. We educate and certify boaters for their Pleasure Craft Operator Card. We are also a leading provider of recreational boat insurance and boating safety gear. Just like you we're boaters, and our mission is to empower you to boat with confidence.
 

Who needs a boat license

 
If you operate a motorized boat in Canada, you need a Pleasure Craft Operator Card. The federal law applies to all ages, all boat lengths and all engine sizes, even electric trolling motors and sailboats equipped with engines. If you're stopped without a boating license you'll face a minimum $250 fine. Once obtained, your BOATsmart! Operator Card is good for life.
 

How old do I have to be to take the exam?

 
Boaters of any age can take the online boating course and exam for boaters - Even boaters under 16 years of age. In fact, we recommend young boaters take the online boating course, obtain their Operator Card and then head out on the water with an experienced boater to put their knowledge into practice.
 

How difficult is the Transport Canada Boating Safety Test?

 
Well first off, we'll help you progress through the Canadian boating course, and you'll learn everything you need to pass and obtain your operator card. So it isn't that hard, since you'll already know everything! The boating safety exam consists of 50 multiple choice questions so all of the answers are right there for you. You'll need at least 75% (38 out of 50) to pass, but don't stress because the Boating Safety Test is open book!
 

What happens if I don't pass?

 
No problem. We want you to be confident when you're out on the water. So your one-time fee includes unlimited free boating test retries and unlimited access to our online boating course. You can try the exam once every 24 hours. Just keep in mind that Transport Canada rules will require you to redo the online boating course if you happen to fail your second attempt.

Is my boating license good for life?

 
Yes! You did all of that studying so we think you deserve it! Your BOATsmart!® Operator Card will never expire and is good for life. However, it's still a great idea to brush up on your knowledge each season, so we've included lifetime BOATsmart! Coach animated refresher lessons in your one-time course fee.
 

Why do more Canadians choose the boatsmart! course?

 
Great question. We know boating is your passion, so we think you deserve more than just an exam for boaters. Only BOATsmart!® offers the boating license exam plus discounts on recreational boat insurance, boating safety gear, family pricing and free refresher lessons. We're proud that more Canadians choose BOATsmart® and we believe its because we help you boat with confidence, not just take an exam.
 

Is Boatsmart! Transport Canada Accredited?

 
Yes. BOATsmart!® is an official Transport Canada Accredited Pleasure Craft Operator Card provider. What does this really mean? It means that with BOATsmart!® your Operator Card will always be valid and we'll be here if you ever need to replace your card. Unlike some other Course Providers, we're a proud Canadian brand with a team of committed boaters who live and breath what we do!
 

Am I eligible for boat insurance discounts when I get my card?

 
Only when you obtain your Pleasure Craft Operator Card through BOATsmart!®, you're eligible for up to 25% off your annual policy premium. That's an exclusive benefit offered only through BOATsmart! Assure™.

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