BOATsmart! Canada
Knowledge Base

Module 01 - Boating Basics

Age and Horsepower Restrictions

 

Under 12 years of age?

You may operate a boat without supervision if:

  • You have proof of competency; and
  • The engine is not more than 10hp

12 to under 16 years of age?

You may operate a boat without supervision if:

  • You have proof of competency; and
  • The engine is not more than 40hp

16 years of age or older?

You may operate any recreational boat without supervision, including a personal watercraft, so long as you have proof of competency.

 

Age and horsepower restriction exemptions:

The age and horsepower restrictions do not apply so long as the boat operator:

  • Is carrying proof of competency on board AND;
  • Is supervised by a person 16 years of age or older

Note: Boat operators who are under 16 years of age may not operate a PWC under ANY circumstances, even if supervised.

 

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