Boat Licenses

International Certificate of Competency (ICC) Coastal and Bare Boat Skipper (BBS) (Exam) $295

Planning on renting a boat in the Mediterranean? You will need an ICC. Most of Europe and other countries such as Australia and New Zealand demand an ICC as well.

The ICC is a certificate which may be issued to anyone who has successfully completed certain national boating certifications such as the Bare Boat Skipper certificate or has successfully passed an examination to prove the necessary competence for pleasure craft operation. It is different from the Canadian Pleasure Craft Operators Card (PCOC) and requires more extensive knowledge and training.


  • Sail Canada Intermediate Cruising or equivalent experience
  • Sail Canada Coastal Navigation

Call our office for more details on how to obtain your ICC & BBS before you leave to do a bareboat rental outside of North America.

Pleasure Craft Operators Card   $49

$30 for HCSP Students and Members
Government legislation requires that all operators of any power-driven vessel — even a Personal Water Craft (PWC) — obtain a Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC). If you are renting a boat, a ‘Rental Boat Safety Checklist’ must be completed before embarking.

Complete an accredited course and carry the card.
Once you have successfully obtained a Canadian Coast Guard accredited Pleasure Craft Operator Card issued by the Canadian Yachting Association (CYA), you must carry it with you at all times while operating a power driven vessel (much like a driver’s licence).

New Competency Regulations:

  • All Youth born after April 1, 1983 are now required to carry the card.
  • Since September 15, 2002, anyone operating a powered recreational vessel less than 4 meters (13 feet) in length (including personal water craft) must obtain a Pleasure Craft Operator Card.
  • As of September 15, 2009, all power driven vessel operators must obtain a Pleasure Craft Operator Card.

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Toronto Harbour License (4 Hours) $129

To operate any power driven vessel in Toronto Harbour, you are required to have a Harbour License. This course is designed to give you the theoretical knowledge you need to be successful and includes a written and practical test. Previous power boating experience is required.

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VHF – DSC License (6 Hours) $159

“Victor, Zulu, X-Ray…” Learn to communicate on the VHF marine radio with Digital Selective Calling (DSC) and receive your Restricted Operator’s Card (Maritime) – (ROC-M).

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Licensing Package Deal $289

This package includes the Pleasure Craft Operator Card, Toronto Harbour License and VHF – DSC License.

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