OTTAWA, May 17, 2019 /CNW/ - Boating activities are practiced by many Canadians each summer. We can all help to ensure that they are done safely by adopting safe boating practices on our waterways. To mark the start of this year's North American Safe Boating Awareness Week, the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, shared important tips for keeping recreational boaters safe:
- Make sure everyone on board wears an approved lifejacket or personal flotation device that fits properly and is in good condition.
- Do not operate a boat under the influence of alcohol or drugs. It is dangerous and against the law.
- Always carry proof of competency, it shows that you have boating safety knowledge and an understanding of the "rules of the road".
- Depending on the size and type of pleasure craft, have the required safety equipment on board, such as paddles, a bailer, watertight flashlight, buoyant line, sound-signaling device, reboarding device, and anchor. Ensure that they are in good working condition and that you know how to use them in an emergency.
- Dress for the weather and check the forecast before heading out.
- Share your sail plan with someone on shore so they can get help if you do not return on time.
- If renting a boat, be prepared and listen carefully to the safety briefing provided by your rental boat agency, as it outlines safe boating practices and information on local hazards that could save you and your family's life in an emergency situation.
"Unfortunately, there are still too many boating accidents on our waterways. Together by taking some simple steps while on the water, we can all play a vital role in promoting safe boating practices and be a good example to our children and loved ones."
The Honourable Marc Garneau
- North American Safe Boating Awareness Week 2019, which takes place from May 18 to 24, promotes a wide range of safe boating practices to the estimated 12.4 million recreational boaters in Canada.
- Transport Canada's Office of Boating Safety supports prevention-based programs and encourages safe boating practices and compliance with safety regulations.
- According to the Canadian Red Cross, there are an average of 160 water-related fatalities while boating each year. Nearly 90 per cent of boaters who drowned were not wearing, or not properly wearing, a lifejacket.
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SOURCE Transport Canada
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