Safe Boating Awareness Week

20 May 2017 @ 6:00am EDT
26 May 2017 @ 12:00pm EDT

The 2017 North American Safe Boating Awareness Week Campaign is ramping up for this year's boating season. Since 1995, this campaign has been the mainstay of boating safety outreach to the over 16 million people who recreate on Canadian waters each season. The 2017 campaign will be no exception as we continue to strive to engrain safe and responsible boating practices as second nature on the water.

At the core of the 2017 campaign are the 5 key messages that we have been consistently delivering to the boating community.

  • Wear a PFD or Lifejacket
  • Don’t Drink & Boat
  • Take a Boating Course
  • Be Prepared, Both You and Your Vessel
  • Be Wary of the Dangers of Cold Water Immersion

For more information and events in your local area visit: http://csbc.ca/en/safe-boating-awareness-week 

20 May 2017 @ 6:00am EDT
26 May 2017 @ 12:00pm EDT

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5 Key Steps to Safer Boating

safe key 1

Wear Your Lifejacket

Legally you must carry one on board, appropriately sized for each passenger. But don't just carry it, WEAR IT.


safe key 2

Don't Drink and Boat

Boating under the influence is not just illegal; it's irresponsible. Wait until you get back to the pier to have that beer.


safe key 3

Take a Boating Course

The law now requires that anyone driving a motorized boat must have a pleasure-craft operator card. It's for your own safety and that of your passengers. Don't get caught without one. Take a course and get your license!


safe key 4

Be Prepared

Ensure your boat has all the required safety gear and sufficient fuel. Be sure the weather is suitable for your vessel's capabilities.


safe key 5

Beware of Cold Water Risks

Cold water is a significant risk. Learn how to protect yourself.