One of the best ways to amp up the Sea-Doo Life and get the most out of your watercraft is by taking a boater’s safety and education course. Not only is it required by many states for boaters of a certain age, it will give you added confidence to take on many new adventures on the water, and even help you save some money. Many insurance companies offer significant savings – up to 15% annually – for those who have successfully completed a state-approved boater’s education course.
What can you expect from a boater’s safety course? Most states offer online courses that are designed to be completed in as little as just a few hours. In some cases, there may be a small fee to take the course. Upon successful completion of the course and test, you can print your certification card and hit the water a safer boater all in the same day.
How to Get a Boating License
Each state determines the requirements for operating a boat or personal watercraft (PWC) on the waters in its jurisdiction, and most require some sort of boating safety and education certificate or boating license. The boating safety certificate courses are not as comprehensive as those for an automobile driver’s license; there’s usually no on-water driver’s education required, for example.
How can I get my boater’s safety certification in Canada?
The following resources will help you learn more about boating education and safety:
Transport Canada's list of Boating Safety Course Providers
Canadian Safe Boating Council
What does a boater’s safety education course cover in Canada?
Boater’s safety classes cover a wide range of subjects from minimum safety requirements to understanding buoys and markers, how to respond in emergencies, operating age restrictions – you must be 16 years old to operate a personal watercraft – and more. Here’s are some quick examples of a few more topics:
- How to share waterways
- Choosing the proper lifejacket or PFD (inflatable PFDs are not allowed). Choose a bright color for better visibility.
- Wearing the proper attire for conditions. For example: thermal protection when operating in cold water (water less than 15°C).
- Attach the engine shut-off line securely to your wrist or lifejacket or PFD.
- Respect speed limits and other vessel operation restrictions.
- The impact your PWC can have on the environment. Avoid high speeds near shore.
- Understanding proper operation near others on the water (waterskiing, swimming, fishing, etc.)
With a better understanding of the rules of the waterways you’ll be equipped to up the excitement, adventures and memorable moments on every ride. See you on the water!