Boat Operator Accredited Training (BOAT)™ instructors are trained to teach and evaluate courses and to proctor BOAT exam sessions. BOAT instructors learn how to present the required material to adequately prepare boaters to successfully complete the accredited exam. BOAT instructors candidates must also pass the written BOAT exam to become certified as an instructor.

Prerequisites: Lifesaving Society instructor and Pleasure Craft Operator (PCO) card. Powerboating experience is recommended, but not compulsory.

Evaluation: Conducted by a BOAT instructor trainer.

Test items:

  1. Understand the purpose and objectives of the BOAT course and the Canadian Coast Guard requirements for success.
  2. Correctly apply boating terms related to principal dimensions, positions onboard and relative directions surrounding a boat.
  3. Correctly interpret and apply the national boating standards, especially as they relate to your own particular craft, and know the legal and safety implications of non-compliance.
  4. State the benefits and proper use (including storage and maintenance) of the various pieces of safety equipment required for all craft.
  5. Describe the important selection criteria, use and care of personal flotation devices (PFDs) as well as the features and relative advantages of the various styles and models, considering protection from death by hypothermia as well as by drowning.
  6. Instill in course participants an understanding of the fundamental concepts, logic, principles and rationale underlying the Collision Regulations and how to apply them.
  7. Ensure participants understand their obligations, including departing from the rules and conventions to prevent a collision at all costs.
  8. Teach participants to recognize the distinguishing characteristics and meaning of a variety of visual navigational aids and the appropriate action to be taken when encountering them.
  9. Provide preparation steps and considerations designed to increase the boater’s margin of safety and lessen the chances of a mishap occurring, or its impact.
  10. Provide participants with basic steps, principles and priorities for dealing with the most critical boating situations.