AN INFORMED, CONFI DENT BOATER IS A SAFE BOATER.
Recreational boating can be an extraordinary experience, but comes with inherent risk. Whatever on the water activity you enjoy, and whether you buy, borrow or rent, you're responsible to ensure you're well-trained and informed about staying safe.
The go-to resource is Transport Canada’s Safe Boating Guide. You can also click on your preferred on-water activity pictured below for the minimum safety equipment required. Boat Notes offers a shorter version of the guide, checklist and an app.
Five key steps to safer boating:*
- Wear Your Lifejacket. Carry a Canadian approved PFD on board, sized for each passenger. But don't just carry it, WEAR IT.
- Don't Boat Impaired. Boating under the influence of alcohol or recreational drugs is not just illegal; it's irresponsible. Enjoy your beverage after docking or moorage.
- Take a Boating Course. Anyone driving a motorized boat must have a Pleasure Craft Operator Card. For your own safety and that of your passengers, we recommend you take additional boating courses.
- Be Prepared. Ensure your boat has all the required safety gear and sufficient fuel. Check the weather and tides for your cruising area. Ensure the conditions don't exceed your experience level or vessel's capabilities. Share your trip plan with someone before departure.
- Beware of Cold Water Risks. Cold water is a significant risk. Learn how to protect yourself.
*adapted from the Canadian Safe Boating Council www.csbc.ca.
MINIMUM BOAT SAFETY EQUIPMENT REQUIRED
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