The CSBC has included these Transport Canada Rental Boat Safety resources as part of our web site for both Rental Agencies and the general public. If you are a Rental Agency we encourage you to use these materials during the boating season and if you are a renter, we are certain that you will find the materials informative before you head out onto the water in your rented vessel.

Rental Boat Safety Checklists

Canadian law requires anyone operating a power-driven boat to carry proof of competency onboard. Enforcement agents accept a completed Rental Boat Safety Checklist as proof of competency in a boat rental situation. These checklists, developed in 2014, feature visual icons and plainly written statements in a ready-to-use format. They are designed to help rental agency staff easily review important safety information like boat operation, boating safety rules and local hazards with their clients.

Download the seven different checklists by clicking on the icons below.

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Tutorial for Rental Agency Staff

The 30-minute tutorial is a great tool to help rental agency staff get ready for the season and is perfect for those staff training sessions. The tutorial:

  • Shows rental agents and their employees how to use the checklists
  • Highlights the important safety information on the checklists
  • Describes how to conduct a dockside safety briefing so clients become familiar with the unique features of the boat they are renting and know how to operate it safely

Watch the Tutorial Here

Rental Boat Safety Best Practices (Draft) – Feedback Requested

Have your say about how rental boat agencies can best provide safe and enjoyable boat rental experiences to the public. Download and review Rental Boat Safety Best Practices (Draft)

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We Want Your Feedback!

To help Transport Canada continue to refine its rental boat safety resources, we encourage you to fill out the form below and send to us by e-mail or post (Address at bottom of form). Other comments and questions can also be sent directly to Transport Canada at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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5 Key Steps to Safer Boating

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Wear Your Lifejacket

Legally you must carry one on board, appropriately sized for each passenger. But don’t just carry it, WEAR IT.

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Boat Sober

Boating under the influence of alcohol, recreational drugs or prescription narcotics, is illegal, irresponsible and potentially deadly. Leave any such substances until you return to the dock.

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Take a Boating Course

The law now requires that anyone driving a motorized boat must have a pleasure-craft operator card. It’s for your own safety and that of your passengers. Don’t get caught without one. Take a course and get your license!

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Prepare Your Vessel

Ensure your boat has all the required safety gear and sufficient fuel. Be sure the weather is suitable for your vessel’s capabilities.

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Be Cold Water Safe

Cold water is a significant risk. Learn how to protect yourself.