Help save Canadians' lives this summer

    TORONTO, May 6 /CNW/ - North American Safe Boating Awareness Week will
take place across Canada from May 16th to May 22nd, 2009. The purpose of this
initiative is to promote safe boating practices to the estimated 16 million
recreational boaters in Canada.

    This year we have five main focuses:

    -   educating the boating community about the importance of life jacket
        wear and the options that are available when it comes to comfortable
        and lightweight jackets
    -   the dangers associated with drinking and boating
    -   the importance of taking a safe boating course
    -   ensuring that your vessel is safe and seaworthy
    -   the risks associated with a fall into cold water

    This initiative is promoted by the Canadian Safe Boating Council (CSBC),
a non-profit organization and its members and partners from all areas of the
marine community including boat and marine product manufacturers, boating
education organizations, water safety and marine law enforcement sectors, and
Transport Canada Office of Boating Safety. The goal is to ensure that the
millions of Canadians who head out on the waters in canoes and kayaks,
sailboards and sailboats, fishing boats, personal watercraft, power boats and
cruisers are equipped with the knowledge for a safe day on the water.

    Information, documents and graphics are available in electronic format
for downloading from the Canadian Safe Boating Council's Web site

For further information:

For further information: and details contact: Susanne Simic, Simic
Public Relations for the Canadian Safe Boating Council, Tel: (416) 622-3358,; OR Ted Rankine, Manager, North American Safe
Boating Awareness Week, Canadian Safe Boating Council, Tel: (905) 989-0664,

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