First annual BOATsmart! Awareness Day aims to put a stop to the more
than 100 boating fatalities and 6,000 non-fatal injuries that occur
each year in Canada by promoting safe, enjoyable and educated boating
on Tuesday, May 17
TORONTO, May 10 /CNW/ - With the first big boating weekend of 2011 fast
approaching, BOATsmart! is urging Canadians to be prepared before
heading out on the water, through the first ever BOATsmart! Awareness
Day on Tuesday, May 17.
The day will call on all boaters to ensure they are equipped with the
education and equipment they need to boat safely, legally, and with
"Victoria Day long weekend has traditionally been a big one for boat
operators across the country as it's usually the first chance people
have to get away to their cottages and out on the water," says Cameron
Taylor, President of BOATsmart! Canada, the country's leading authority
on boating education and largest Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC)
"People from across the country will be excited to be out in their boats
and that's great," says Taylor. "But along with that enthusiasm, it's
important that everyone is prepared, so they can keep themselves and
their loved ones safe."
Taylor says the best way for boat operators to ensure the safety of
themselves and their passengers is to obtain a Pleasure Craft Operator
Card (PCOC), which is required by law* for all motorized boat
operators. On April 15, Transport Canada implemented a new exam
(available at www.boatsmartexam.com) that sets a higher standard for people to attain their PCOC. Under the
new regulations, both online and in-person exams have increased from 36
to 50 standardized questions, and those boaters who choose to take the
test online are now required to complete an online study guide prior to
taking the exam.
"Transport Canada has enhanced boating safety by creating an exam that's
based on the latest information on prevention practices and critical
safety knowledge, and provides a much more accurate assessment of a
person's boating safety knowledge," says Taylor. "Now it's time for
Canadian boaters to do their job by going out and getting certified."
Taylor estimates that out of the four to six million power boat
operators in Canada, up to three million boaters have yet to obtain a
license even though failure to present a PCOC while operating a boat
can result in a $250 fine.
"More than 100 boating fatalities occur each year in Canada, with
another 6,000 suffering non-fatal injuries," says Taylor. "Boat
operators in this country need realize that almost all of these
accidents can be prevented through proper education and boater
BOATsmart! Canada is happy to announce that boaters can now purchase the
official BOATsmart! Study Guide and take the Pleasure Craft Operator
Card exam exclusively at participating Canadian Tire stores. BOATsmart!
Safe Boating Teams will also be visiting participating Canadian Tire storefronts from May to September to administer the official PCOC exam.
"It is our hope and Canadian Tire's hope that by providing Canadian
boaters with increased education and training before they head out on
the water, we can significantly decrease the number of and severity of
boating-related incidents this summer," says Taylor.
*or proof of competency
About BOATsmart! Canada
BOATsmart! Canada's mandate is to provide Canadians with the education
and exam access necessary to obtain their Pleasure Craft Operator Card.
Canadians can complete the exam online or in-person. The safe boating
organization has Canada's largest network of exam centres, including participating Canadian Tire stores. BOATsmart! Canada also
offers a variety of Transport Canada recognized safe boating courses,
both in classroom and on the water. Each course includes the
opportunity to complete the exam and obtain a Pleasure Craft Operator
SOURCE BOATsmart! Canada
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