This time of year is perfect for reviewing boat safety tips:
- Check the weather forecast before heading out. Head back if you’re on the water and notice a darkening sky and rough and changing winds.
- By law, pleasure craft must have a Canadian-approved flotation device for everyone on board. Ensure there are adequately sized and proper quantity of Canadian-approved flotation devices on board.
- Stats show that alcohol doubles the chances of a boating accident. Boating under the influence, whether alcohol, recreational drugs or prescription narcotics is illegal and potentially fatal. Boat sober.
- Carry at least one fire extinguisher- make sure it’s accessible.
- Make sure you carry proof of ownership, operator’s card, required fishing permits and charts of the cruising area.
- Carry spare batteries for your radio, flashlights, GPS, etc.
- Let family or staff at the marina know where you’re going and how long you intend to be gone.
- For longer trips, you can provide the phone number of the trip leader, boat type, trip itinerary and types of communication and signal equipment onboard.
- Anyone driving a motorized boat must have a pleasure-craft operator card. Don’t get caught without one- take a course and get your license.
Knowing the rules and using common sense are important. Operating at a safe speed, steering clear of large vessels and watercraft, and being respectful of buoys and other navigational aids will help ensure the safety of everyone.