Small Vessel Regulations (SOR/2010-91)

Regulations are current to 2014-08-05 and last amended on 2013-12-06. Previous Versions

Subpart 3General Exceptions for Pleasure Craft

Personal Flotation Devices and Lifejackets

 If a person who is a resident of a country other than Canada brings on board a pleasure craft a personal flotation device or lifejacket for their personal use that conforms to the laws of that country and that is of an appropriate size and in good condition, the pleasure craft is not required to carry on board a personal flotation device or lifejacket for that person that meets the requirements of these Regulations.

Visual Signals

  •  (1) No visual signals are required to be carried on board a pleasure craft that is not more than 6 m in length and is not fitted with an engine.

  • (2) Pyrotechnic distress signals are not required to be carried on board a pleasure craft that

    • (a) is operating on a river, canal or lake in which it can at no time be more than one nautical mile from shore; or

    • (b) has no sleeping arrangements and is engaged in an official competition or in final preparation for an official competition.

Bailers and Manual Bilge Pumps

 A bailer or manual bilge pump is not required to be carried on board a pleasure craft that cannot retain a sufficient quantity of water to make it capsize or whose compartments are sealed and are not readily accessible.

Magnetic Compass

 A magnetic compass is not required to be carried on board a pleasure craft that is not more than 8 m in length and that navigates within sight of seamarks.

Racing Pleasure Craft

 A racing pleasure craft, other than a canoe, kayak or rowing shell, that is engaged in formal training, in an official competition or in final preparation for an official competition, and that is operated under conditions of clear visibility and is attended by a safety craft, may carry on board the safety equipment that is required by the rules of the governing body instead of the safety equipment required by this Part.

Subpart 4Exceptions for Pleasure Craft Other than Human-Powered Pleasure Craft

Firefighting Equipment

 A portable fire extinguisher of a particular classification is not required to be carried on board a pleasure craft other than a human-powered pleasure craft if two or more portable fire extinguishers are carried on board that meet the requirements of subsection 12(1) and that have a total capacity rating at least equal to the capacity rating of the required fire extinguisher.

Personal Watercraft

 If every person on board a personal watercraft is wearing a personal flotation device or a lifejacket of an appropriate size, the personal watercraft is required to carry on board only the following safety equipment:

  • (a) a sound-signalling device;

  • (b) a watertight flashlight or three pyrotechnic distress signals other than smoke signals;

  • (c) a magnetic compass, if the personal watercraft is navigated out of sight of seamarks; and

  • (d) navigation lights that meet the requirements of the Collision Regulations, if the personal watercraft is operated after sunset or before sunrise or in periods of restricted visibility.

Sailboards and Kiteboards

  •  (1) If the operator of a sailboard or kiteboard is wearing a personal flotation device of an appropriate size, the sailboard or kiteboard is required to carry on board only the following safety equipment:

    • (a) a sound-signalling device; and

    • (b) a watertight flashlight, if the sailboard or kiteboard is operated after sunset or before sunrise or in periods of restricted visibility.

  • (2) A sailboard or kiteboard is not required to carry on board the safety equipment required by this Part if it is engaged in an official competition at which a safety craft is in attendance and carrying on board a personal flotation device or lifejacket of an appropriate size for the operator of the sailboard or kiteboard that can be donned in the water.