We take this opportunity to remind all cottagers that if you do not already have a Pleasure Craft Operator Card, sometimes also called a boating licence, you can do the exam here at the marina. Failure to produce the card (if stopped by OPP) can result in a fine so it is important that you have one if you want to drive a boat. In past, cottagers who have left their wallet at the cottage have been given a fine so always make sure you have it with you when driving a boat.
The Pleasure Craft Operator test is offered online, which is very convenient but be prepared to spend time. We have heard from people who have signed onto this -- that it requires an excessive commitment of time and patience (you don't move on to the next question when you answer immediately after answering one - you must instead wait the required time). Last year, several people lost patience and purchased the test a second time here so that they could do it in person to get it over with quickly. Unfortunately the cost of the online test is not transferable to a site test.
In person, the test is 75 minutes long, questions are multiple choice and a passing grade is 38/50, the cost is $49.99. If the final score is less than 38, further tests can be taken at least 24 hours apart at no additional cost. A passing test means that you get a temporary Operator Card until the permanent one arrives by mail (within 6 weeks), this will allow you to go from our test directly to a boat to drive away.