St. John’s is the capital and largest city of Newfoundland and Labrador, a Canadian province. The area has a vibrant boating tradition, and a rich history as the oldest North American city founded by the English. The fishing industry dominated St. John’s for much of the 20th century, and although that has almost entirely given way to import and export, the area very much still feels its presence. Boating is a way of life in St. John’s, and people come from all over the world to experience it. Boat enthusiasts love to explore the island coastline as well as the Avalon Peninsula.
Not everyone who visits St. John’s has a boat license, and there are many activities to take part in, such as guided boat trips, fishing excursions, ferries, sailboats and so forth. Nevertheless, St. John’s is best experienced at the helm so that you can go where you want at your own pace. There are a number of marinas, so you can bring your own boat or you can rent from one of the charters. In order to do so, however, you will need a boat license. If it is not convenient to get one before your trip, you can schedule it, take the test and get the temporary license when you arrive. They will send the permanent card to your residence several weeks later.
You only pay for your Boating License Exam once. If you don’t pass, you can try the exam again at no additional charge.
ASM Safe Safe Boating encourages boaters in all provinces to take a Transport Canada Accredited course to obtain the Canadian Boating License (officially known as a Pleasure Craft Operator Card). ASM Safe Boating, through its partnership with BoaterExam.com, offers Transport Canada accredited courses and certification for the Canadian Pleasure Craft Operator Card.
If you operate a boat, you have to have a boater license. It’s the law. Without a Pleasure Craft Operator Card, or boat operators license, you’re automatically subject to a $250 fine.