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With thousands of beautiful lakes to enjoy, Saskatchewan is an ideal place for boating this summer. But before you hit the water, Harvard Western Insurance wants to make sure you’re up to date with everything you need to know about boat and operator licenses. Please review the following Saskatchewan boating FAQs before you hitch up and head out:

Do I need an operator’s license in Saskatchewan?

Yes, a valid Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC), commonly known as a boat license, is required in all Canadian provinces including Saskatchewan in order to operate motorized vessels, including jet-skis, watercycles, and boatercycles. Boaters need to be able to supply a boat license regardless of their age, the size of their boat, or engine horsepower.

What age do I have to be to drive a boat in Saskatchewan?

There is no minimum age to obtain your PCOC in Saskatchewan, but there are supervision requirements and horsepower restrictions for young boat operators, and a license is required regardless of age. Click here to learn more about the age restrictions for various types of vehicles on the water. 

How do I get my Saskatchewan operator’s license?

The Official Transport Canada Pleasure Craft Operator Card exam is available in person or online. Once you complete your boat license course and pass the test, you will receive your PCOC as approved proof of competency to operate on all Canadian waterways. Click here for more information on PCOCs and accredited course providers.

What’s the difference between getting my operators license and licensing a boat?

Licensing your boat, also known as vessel registration, refers to the unique ID number that must be displayed on your boat similar to a cars registration plate. Learn more about licensing your vessel and apply online here.

Where Is the Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC) valid?

Your PCOC is valid in each province of Canada. Wherever you’re boating, the card is legal across the country. 

Does my PCOC expire?

No, your Pleasure Craft Operator Card is valid for life and never needs to be renewed. 

What happens if I don’t have my PCOC or vessel registration?

You could be subject to a $250 fine if you don’t have your PCOC and are caught  boating without a vessel registration. Make sure you have your PCOC, registration, and ID on you whenever you’re operating a boat to make sure that your time on the water is smooth sailing.  

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