Pleasure Craft Operator Card
The Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC) is a document used in Canada as proof of competency to operate a recreational boat with a motor. It is required for any craft fitted with a motor, even if the motor is not in use, for example an auxiliary motor on a sailboat.
It has been required since 1999. Regulations are currently defined under Canadian maritime law by the Canada Shipping Act, 2001.
The PCOC can be obtained by taking a Transport Canada accredited boating safety course, then passing a test. Curriculum includes:
- nautical terms
- safety equipment and procedures
- Canadian buoys
- sharing the waterways
- Canada Shipping Act, 2001: An act respecting shipping and navigation in Canada.