The OPP is reminding boaters ahead of the Labour Day long weekend any vessel underway that has any type of motor, requires the operator to possess a valid Pleasure Craft Operators Card or proof of competency equivalence.
And, any vessel on the water, (even paddleboats, paddle boards, and canoes) require all the necessary safety equipment on board.
• 15m floating heaving line
• watertight flashlight
• whistle — must be pealess* (or some type of sound signaling device, ie. horn, or portable air horn, etc.)
• bailing bucket
• a paddle or an oar
• lifejackets or Personal Floatation Devices for every person on board — self-inflating PFD’s must be worn
• and depending on the size of the vessel and motor being used, it may require proper flares and a fire extinguisher
Horsepower and age restrictions:
• under 12 years may operate a boat with up to 10 h.p.
• 12 to 16 years may operate a boat with up to 40 h.p.
• under 16, regardless of supervision, may NOT operate a personal watercraft (sea doo, jet skis). Older than 16 carries no horsepower restriction.
• impaired operation on the water carries the same penalties as on the highway.