Boat Safety Checklists Are Proof of Competency

As of September 15, 2009, all operators of watercraft of any size on Canadian waterways must show proof of competency. Proof of competency can take a number of forms:

  1. A Canadian Pleasure Craft Operator Card
  2. A National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) approved boater card from their home state.
  3. Completed Rental Boat Safety Checklist

This means that guests that rent boats from you must show proof of competency in one of the forms listed above.

NOTO was at the table when these regulations were being developed to ensure that our industry could continue to offer the Rental Boat Safety Checklists to their guests as a FREE alternative to obtaining a Pleasure Craft Operator Card.

Non-resident guests who bring THEIR OWN boats DO NOT need to show proof of competency unless their boat will remain in Canada for more than 45 consecutive days. Guests with their own boats simply need to comply with the requirements of their home state with respect to operator competency and carriage of safety equipment.

To further assist the industry, NOTO has developed a Rental Boat Safety Checklist which includes a damages waiver. These checklists have been printed with the approval of Transport Canada and in consultation with a number of insurance companies. We have printed these carbonless forms in pads of 50 and are selling them to cover the costs of printing.

Call or email the NOTO Office at (705) 472-5552 or this spring to be ready for your first group of guests. 

If you wish to create your own Rental Boat Safety Checklist you can download a sample from the Transport Canada website at Boating Safety Checklist

Or to order checklists from NOTO, use this form: Checklist Order Form

This article was taken from page 22 of NOTO's "The Outfitter" publication, Winter 2009 Issue


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