Halifax is the capital of Nova Scotia, which boaters worldwide recognize for its amazingly diverse boating opportunities. Boating is a way of life in Nova Scotia, and Halifax fully embodies that. Many of Nova Scotia’s high-profile boating clubs base their offices in Halifax, and Halifax is home to some notable industry events, such as the Halifax International Boat Show. Many boaters come to Nova Scotia to boat its majestic coastline, and they tend to stay closer to the shore. However, Halifax is an amazing destination for visitors who want to boat, fish or visit the beach during the day and then come back to Halifax where they can dine and take in other forms of entertainment.
For boaters, it is important to recognize that you will need a boating license to operate a boat anywhere in Nova Scotia, whether you bring your own or rent. Fortunately, the license is simple to acquire. It is generally best to schedule the exam ahead of time. That way, when you arrive in Halifax, you can simply go at the appropriate time and take the test. If you pass, then they give you the temporary card immediately, which has full privileges for the class, and they mail the permanent version to you home address. Fees cover multiple retests, and the default license is good for two years, at which point you must renew. Pleasure craft licenses are lifetime license and do not require renewal.
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.