The Canadian Coast Guard has announced new boating safety regulations that encompass age and horsepower restrictions, as well as an operator competency program. Although a brief description of the new regulations has been released, we felt we should reiterate this brief outline of the new regulations for the benefit of our visitors.
As of September 15,1999 operators under the age of 16 years will require a 'proof of operator competency.' As of September 2002, this requirement will be extended to the operators of all power-driven pleasure craft less than four metres long which is used for recreational purposes. This regulation will also apply to all personal watercraft. As of September 2009, the regulation will apply to all boat operators and proof of competency will be required for all power-driven pleasure craft used for recreational purposes.
There are three possible ways to obtain the proof of competency:
- By providing proof of a successfully completed boating safety course prior to April 15,1999.
- By successfully completing an accredited test administered by an accredited course provider.
- By completing a boating safety checklist with the rental agent. This option only applies to rental situations.
The proof of operator competency, also called operator proficiency, will be performed by outside companies.
- Children under 12 years of age will be not be permitted to operate boats over 10hp, unless accompanied by someone who is at least 16 years of age.
- Users who are 12 to 16 years of age cannot operate a boat of more than 40hp for recreational purposes unless accompanied by someone who is at least 16 years of age.
- Finally, only a person of 16 years of age and older will be permitted to operate a personal watercraft.
If you need further information with regard to the new regulations, do not hesitate to visit the Canadian Coast Guard Web site at http://www.ccg-gcc.gc.ca/main_e.htm<< Back