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Boating Safety is a Priority!

There are many devices you can have onboard your boat such as the Kannad Safelink and the Simrad EG50 EPIRB, but safety is about more than just that. We should always take the necessary precautions and be attentive for potential hazards while on the water. But sometimes it takes special people to help us stay safe so we can enjoy our time out on the water with fewer worries. This includes people who volunteer their time on organizations such as the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue organization, or even somebody who notices someone in trouble and lends a helping hand.

 

The Canadian Boating Safety Council holds an annual event in January known as the Canadian Safe Boating Awards (CASBAs). These awards recognize the people, programs, organizations and marinas that help to make boating in Canada safer and better for all of us, and to keep the environment clean. This is your opportunity as a boater to nominate someone or an organization you know that has made an exceptional contribution to boating safety. The awards span a wide range; some of them include "Rescue of the Year", "Top Volunteer Dedicated to Boating Safety" and "Marine Professional of the Year". To submit a nomination for one of these awards, visit the CASBA webpage. To increase your level of safety while boating, here are some simple tips provided by BOATsmart! Canada.

  • Use a Pre-departure Checklist
  • Prepare a Trip Plan that is filed on shore prior to departure and includes expended travel itinerary and other important details
  • Check the weather beforehand
  • Wear your life-jacket or PFD
  • Do not drink while boating
  • Take a boating course and get your Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC)
  • Use common sense

Visit their webpage to check out the full blog post, get more details regarding each of the tips above and even download a sample trip checklist and trip plan template. Stay safe out there and enjoy your boating experiences. Please let us know if you have any other simple tips to pass onto your fellow boaters and we would be glad to spread the word!


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