Originally Posted by Sonny69
Wading through transport Canada
website and not really finding answers I need. I am wondering if anyone like maybe Jackdale could help me sort this out. I have my Yachtmaster Offshore
Sailing cert commercially endorsed and I have my Canadian boaters card in Ontario. I wanted to live aboard
a sail boat
in the summer and take paying customers out on charter
in Georgian Bay part of the Great Lake Huron. Not sure if I may do this with my current
RYA and Ontario boater card.
The non summer months I want to be in the Caribbean
taking on charters.
First bit of bad news. Canada does not accept any non Canadian certificates so your RYA is not valid in Canada.
A small bit of good news, If you have logged and recorded sea time with a letter or testimonial from an employer. the time may be counted towards
a Canadian certificate.
More bad news. In order to legally take passengers or charter commercially. You will need to get the boat
inspected and approved by TC.
More bad news you will need to get the required certification
for the type of operation and area.
Your best bet is to go into your nearest Transport Canada office and speak to a live person. Who will explain how to start the process
PBOC plus required MED
plus Basic Marine
First Aid plus VHF
. = Basic Minimum licence.
You will have to take the Canadian MED
courses. The RYA ones are not recognised.