Pleasure Craft Operator's Certificate (PCOC)

An important aspect of the mission of the RCM-SAR is to promote boating safety. A determining factor in the prevention of search and rescue incidents is effective boater education.

All boat operators of pleasure crafts fitted with a motor and used for recreational purposes in Canada must have the Card.The   (PCOC) require all operators of pleasure craft fitted with any type of motor and used for recreational purposes to carry proof of competency on board.

Proof of competency indicates the boater has a basic level of boating safety knowledge required for safe recreational boating. In the past, anyone of any age could operate a recreational boat without any minimum boating safety knowledge, experience or training. These requirements were introduced in 1999 in response to boating deaths and injuries, with the goal of improving safety on Canadian waterways through education and training.  

Station 25 often runs the PCOC course. Contact us to find out more.