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Get Your BC 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 British Columbia residents.

Get your BC 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 BC boating license

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 BC?

Yes, a license is necessary to operate a boat in British Columbia and across Canada. The Pleasure Craft Operator Card is the essential license that all powered watercraft operators must have. Getting your license is convenient and simple with our user-friendly online boating course and exam.

How do I get a boat license in BC?

Follow these steps to obtain your boating license in BC:

  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 British Columbians, 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 BC residents for a quick and fun boat license certification.

Why study our BC boating course?

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

Study at your own pace

With Drive a Boat Canada, you are in charge of your learning experience. Our boating safety course gives you the freedom to learn at your own pace, whether you’re using your laptop or mobile phone. Plus, you can study from the comfort of your own home!

A fun and engaging learning experience

Discover our top-rated boating course, complete with engaging instructional videos and interactive quizzes designed to entertain and educate you as you learn.

Group and family discounts

At Drive a Boat Canada, we’re here to make boating education affordable and convenient for everyone. Our individual boating course is just $59.95 CAD, and we also offer special discounts for groups and families. Whether you’re learning solo or with your loved ones, we’ve got you covered!

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

FAQs about the BC boating license

How long is a boat license good for in BC?

Your Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC) in Canada is valid for life and won’t expire. But it’s important to stay updated on boating safety and secure any required certifications for specific boating activities.

How much is a boat license in BC?

Obtaining a BC boating license comes at a cost of $59.95 CAD. This includes your Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC) and the exam fee. Once you finish the online course and make the payment, you’ll get instant access to the Transport Canada boating safety exam.

Do you need a license to drive a Jet Ski in BC?

Yes, you need a boat license to operate a Personal Watercraft (PWC), like a Jet Ski, in BC. To drive a Jet Ski, you must have a Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC), which you can get by successfully completing a Transport Canada-certified boating safety course.

What are the age and horsepower restrictions in BC?

In BC, if you’re under 16 years old and want to drive a boat, there are some restrictions you need to know. You can only operate boats with motors up to a certain horsepower limit. However, if there’s someone who is 16 years or older and can prove their competency with you on board, then you can operate boats with higher horsepower. When it comes to personal watercraft (PWC), you have to be 16 years old or older to operate them.

How to get a boat license in BC?

Obtaining a Vancouver boat license is the same as a BC boating license. Transport Canada issues a Pleasure Craft Operator Card that adheres to the same regulations and requirements nationwide. Whether you’re navigating Vancouver waters or other areas of BC, getting a boat license ensures you have the necessary knowledge and skills to operate a boat safely.

Get your Pleasure Craft Operator Card in BC

Drive a Boat Canada offers a fun and stress-free experience for obtaining your Pleasure Craft Operator Card in BC. 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!