Training and Requirements
Step 1 is obtaining a pilot license, whether it be a Recreational Permit, a Private Pilot License, or a Commercial Pilot License.
You aren’t required to have a certified flight instructor to train you – any commercial pilot or ATPL pilot with a floatplane endorsement and 50hrs of experience, can be your instructor.
Step 2: Fly a minimum of 7 hours, including 5hrs of dual instruction and 5 solo take offs and landings, in a floatplane. Many float rating flight schools have packages which include more than just 7 hours, as the minimum is often not enough.
Some facilities also have “Career Bush Pilot Training” to help you ease into the industry or to give you more advanced float training. Georgian Bay Airways in Parry Sound, ON and Lake Country Airways in Orillia, ON are two examples of facilities that offer this type of training.
Note, there is no formal ground school, written exam, or flight test. You will get a recommendation form signed by your “instructor” to endorse your new rating. Although, if you learn at a flight training centre, they will normally have ground training as part of their course. It’s always best to become familiar with new concepts on the ground before heading up in the air.