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Get Your Alberta Boating License Online

Get your official Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC) by taking our Transport Canada-approved online boating course. Drive a Boat Canada is a certified provider of the Canadian boating license for Alberta residents.

Get your Alberta boat license in 3 simple steps

Study our boating safety course

Our online course offers 3 hours of fun and engaging course material.

Pass the boat exam

After completing the course, you have unlimited retries to pass the Transport Canada approved exam.

 Obtain your boating license in Alberta

Once you pass the exam, you will be able to print your temporary card instantly, while your permanent PCOC is mailed to you.

Do you need a license to drive a boat in Alberta?

A boat license is required to operate a boat in Alberta and throughout Canada. The Pleasure Craft Operator Card is the valid license that all operators of powered watercraft must possess. Getting your license is easy and convenient with our online boating course and exam.

How do I get a boat license in Alberta?

Follow these steps to obtain your boating license in Alberta:

  1. Complete our online boating safety course and successfully pass the online boating exam.
  2. Immediately print your temporary boating license (PCOC) from the comfort of your home and hit the water without delay.
  3. Rest easy as your permanent boating license (PCOC) will be mailed to you within 48 hours.
  4. Enjoy peace of mind knowing that your boating license never expires and can be used anywhere in Canada.

Trusted by Albertans, with over 2 million certified boaters since 2001

Drive a Boat Canada has helped over 2 million Canadians get their Pleasure Craft Operator Card since 2001. Our Transport Canada-approved boating course is trusted by Alberta residents for a quick and fun boat license certification.

Why study our Alberta boating course?

Drive a Boat Canada is committed to offering an unparalleled learning experience for new boaters in the province of Alberta. Here’s what you can expect with our boating safety course:

Study at your own pace

At Drive a Boat Canada, we believe that learning should be in your hands. With our boating safety course, you have the freedom to learn at your convenience, whether on your laptop or mobile phone. Best of all, you can study from the comfort of your own home!

A fun and engaging learning experience

Our highly acclaimed boating course not only equips you with essential knowledge, but also keeps you thoroughly entertained throughout the learning experience. Engaging instructional videos and interactive quizzes have been thoughtfully incorporated to make your journey enjoyable and educational.

Group and family discounts

At Drive a Boat Canada, we strive to make boating education accessible and convenient for all. Our individual boating course is priced at a budget-friendly $59.95 CAD. Plus, we even offer special discounts for groups and families!

  • 2 People: $49.95 per PCOC
  • 3 People: $44.95 per PCOC
  • 4 People: $34.95 per PCOC

FAQs about the Alberta boating license

How long is a boat license good for in Alberta?

Your Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC) in Canada is valid for life and will never expire. Don’t forget to keep yourself informed about boating safety and make sure to obtain any necessary certifications for special boating activities.

How long does it take to get an Alberta boat license?

The online boating safety course usually takes about 3 hours to complete, but many students finish it in just a few hours. However, the total time required may vary based on factors like your learning speed and how much time you dedicate to studying.

 What is required in a boat in Alberta?

To ensure safety and compliance with regulations while boating in Alberta, please make sure that you have the following items on board:

  • Life jackets or Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs): Every individual on the boat must have a life jacket or PFD available.
  • Buoyant heaving line: It is required to have a 15-meter (50-foot) buoyant heaving line.
  • Life buoy with self-igniting light or additional buoyant line: You must have a life buoy with a self-igniting light or an extra 15-meter (50-foot) buoyant line.


  • Bailing equipment: Ensure that your boat has the necessary bailing equipment.
  • Sounding device: A sounding device is required to be on board.
  • Manual propelling device or anchor with at least 15 meters of rope, cable, or chain: This is mandatory for motorized crafts that are no longer than 6 meters (19 feet 8 inches).
  • Bailer or hand pump: Have a bailer or hand pump accessible on your boat.
  • Sound-signaling device: It is necessary to have a sound-signaling device.
  • Pleasure Craft Operator Card: All boaters need to possess a Pleasure Craft Operator Card to operate a powered watercraft in Alberta. This card proves that you understand the boating rules and can operate a boat safely.
  • Proper marking and accessibility of equipment: Your required equipment should be in good working condition, easily accessible, and usable by everyone on board.

 Get your Pleasure Craft Operator Card in Alberta

Drive a Boat Canada offers a fun and stress-free experience for obtaining your Pleasure Craft Operator Card in Alberta. Over 2 million Canadian boaters have been certified with us. Sign up today and receive your official boating license in as little as one afternoon!