Originally Posted by dvd
For anyone who has transited the Trent-Severn Waterway and experienced the local rental houseboat skippers, it is clear that compliance/enforcement of Canadian competency requirements is less than stringent...
What is totally staggering is that the competency card is required when you own a boat but not if you rent one. When renting a boat the rental contract/checklist act as your competency card. So in other word, you are required to know what you are doing if you own a boat but not when you rent it...
Anyway this competency card is just a joke, you get it by passing an exam on the web without never having been on a boat. They give you 45 min to answer their questions, I did it in 15 minutes. While some questions are relevant, like the ones about buoys or priorities when crossing each other, some are total jokes. How many flares do you need aboard? While I am conscious about security, knowing how many flares I need will not help me handling the boat correctly and I can find the information anytime. This card is better than nothing but compared with some other countries, like France for example, it is a very very light requirement.