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Do I need an Ontario Boating License to Rent a Boat or Jet Ski in Canada?

Do I need an Ontario Boating License to Rent a Boat or Jet Ski in Canada?


Our most asked question. So, we decided to write a post about it.

Well the short answer is NO. But that doesn’t mean you don’t need to prove your competency. Although it is strongly recommended that you take an Online Boating Course before you go boating, Transport Canada does not require a Pleasure Craft Operating Card (PCOC) for boat rentals. Each rental operator has their own competency requirements and will provide onboard and dockside safety training. This ensures that boat rentals are accessible to everyone and remain an easy, fun way to get on the water and start boating!

When booking your boat or sea doo rental, simply indicate using the dropdown that you require a Temporary Boaters License. Then arrive 15-30 minutes before your reservation time and our trained staff will take you through the Transport Canada Rental Boat Safety Checklist. After completing this our staff will then provide an on-water orientation to ensure you are safe and comfortable with the boats operation.

After this you are free to go on your own and enjoy your day on the water with your proof of competency in hand as your Temporary boaters license which is valid ONLY for the duration of your boat rental. As such, you will need to complete the same process next time and as such we recommend you take one of the many online classes (like this one in Canada) to obtain your Ontario boating license, which never expires. It takes about 3 hours, you learn boating skills that you will have for life and the card you receive never expires.

So book today and live the Lake Life without the hassle and expense of owning a boat.

See you on the water!