Home study courses, Yacht Design and Yacht Design Lite, have produced many professional yacht designers as well as interested amateurs. Non-profit affiliate of the American Boat & Yacht Council.
Three 20-question quizzes on nautial lore, terminology, rules, and other boating knowledge - some of it not trivial at all. You have to send away for the answers or buy the author's book.
Explanation of this European test and qualification and the procedures for obtaining one. Explains the relationship between this new qualification and the older International Certificate of Competence and the Helmsman's Overseas Certificate.
Summary of regulations governing boats in Canada, with links to hundreds of related information sites.
Canada requires boat operators to have proof of competency on board at all times. Normally this requires taking a short course and passing a test to get a PCOC. Visitors staying less than 45 days can submit a similar document from their home country instead. Good links to government documents.