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May 18-24, 2024 marks Safe Boating Awareness Week

May 18-24, 2024 marks Safe Boating Awareness Week

From May 18-24, 2024, Safe Boating Awareness Week sets sail, a crucial event for safeguarding the 16 million+ adventurers navigating Canadian waters. The 2024 campaign, tailored to Canadian boaters, brings fresh twists to the table.

As boating season gains momentum, some regions remain partially restricted, leading to varied waterway activity. With Safe Boating Awareness Week on the horizon, our focus sharpens on five core safety messages.

A pressing concern looms with fewer boaters out there, potentially hampering swift aid in emergencies. Moreover, any mishaps could strain rescue efforts disproportionately.

Here are the CSBC's key directives for this year's Safe Boating Awareness Week:

1. Strap on Your Lifejacket - Shockingly, over 80% of Canadian drowning victims weren't sporting their life-saving gear properly. Thankfully, today's market boasts a plethora of comfy, stylish lifejackets and flotation devices to suit every boater's taste.

2. Stay Sober on the Waves - Steering a vessel while under the influence spells trouble, not just for safety but also for legality. Remember, an impaired boating conviction might affect your driving privileges on land.

3. Brush up on Boating Basics - Powerboat operators need a Pleasure Craft Operator Card or equivalent proof of know-how. But don't stop there; delve deeper into specialized training. Paddle sports enthusiasts can dive into on-water lessons. Beginners, start online but remember, practical experience trumps all.

4. Ready, Set, Sail - Ensure both you and your craft are shipshape. Know your route, pack essential safety gear, check weather forecasts, top up fuel, and file a trip plan. Keeping trouble at bay doesn't just keep you safe; it lightens the load on rescue crews.

5. Stay Frosty in Cold Waters - Cold temps can quickly turn a dip into a disaster. Even seasoned swimmers can struggle. Buckle up in a lifejacket; it's your best bet against chilly waters.

These efforts aim to guarantee smooth sailing for all.