Pleasure Craft Operator Card

Canadian Red Cross participation in the Pleasure Craft Operator Card program ended December 31, 2008

In 1999 the Red Cross responded to a request from the Canadian Coast Guard to assist in the implementation of the Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC) program. We did so through our On Board program. As the PCOC program has grown, the number of program providers sanctioned by Transport Canada has increased to meet the market demands.

The Canadian Red Cross remains committed to the safety of Canadian boaters. We have determined that our resources will be more effectively allocated elsewhere under our expanding injury prevention mandate to reach those who participate in boating activities. As of December 31, 2008, the Canadian Red Cross On Board Program will no longer issue new PCO Cards.

The Canadian Red Cross has more than 60 years of water and boating safety experience. It is part of our mission to help keep people safe in, on and around the water. Red Cross encourages safe boating through our swimming lessons, National Lifejacket Day, and through the release of drowning statistics.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Who do I contact about obtaining a Pleasure Craft Operator Card?

Transport Canada continues to be the central resource for the Pleasure Craft Operator Card.
Check the Transport Canada website to identify a supplier of the PCOC.
Phone: 613-991-3135

2. I already have my Pleasure Craft Operator Card. Am I affected?

PCO cards are valid for the lifetime of the holder and remain valid after Red Cross is no longer offering the program.

3. I have misplaced my On Board PCO Card and need a replacement card. Who do I contact?

If you misplaced your Red Cross On Board PCO Card and require a replacement, visit the Canadian Power & Sail Squadron or call 1-888-CPS-BOAT (277-2628). Upon completion of verification and payment of fees, a Red Cross On Board PCO replacement card will be issued