Originally Posted by Faster
Already in place in Canada.. it's not onerous, and not particularly qualifying, but everyone, youngsters included, need to have a PCOP (Pleasure Craft Operators Card) for any powered vessel - including your 7 foot tender with a 2 hp outboard. It was phased in over a period of time, and was issued to anyone who had ever taken, or takes, the Canadian Power and Sail Squadron basic boating course as well as being offered separately, even on-line.
Fees are reasonable and there's been little hue and cry, though I imagine there are a lot of crusty oldtimers still boating without it....
The PCOP is a joke and just gives the impression of certification ... and provides some income for those who sell them at boat shows. In South Africa, a resident must have a Yachtmaster certificate before they are allowed to leave harbour in command of any pleasure craft. Obviously it is serious bit of ocean, but it is also very serious certification. BTW, a British Yachtmaster certificate is not accepted, you need to get one here.