Discover Boating




Discover Boating is a national public awareness effort managed by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) on behalf of the North American recreational boating industry.

Discover Boating programs focus on increasing participation and creating interest in recreational boating by demonstrating the benefits, affordability and accessibility of the boating lifestyle. Discover Boating seeks to educate potential boaters and offer opportunities to experience the fun and togetherness of being on the water in a boat.

Each year over ten million people in Canada enjoy boating, the recreational activity that "connects like no other".


Thinking about getting on the water?

The Discover Boating Beginner’s Guide to Boating is for you.

No matter if you love the open sea, enjoy the whirl of a reel or just like the wind whipping through your hair, the water is there, waiting for you.

Each chapter of this guide provides insight and information that will help you easily realize your boating dream from finding and buying the right boat; demonstrating the best way to haul and store your new boat, to how to have fun along the way.

Sign up to get the guide.


Boat Safely from Port to Port

If you’re a boater in Canada, you will want to download the free "Discover Boating Safety" app.

Indispensable to the Canadian boater, it features everything you need to ensure a safe and fun time on the water, no matter where or how you go boating. An interactive and easy to use source of information, it covers a range of regulations, guidelines and best practices that make being prepared easier so you can focus on fun.

Most content in the app is easily accessible whether or not you have access to the internet when you’re on the water.  And, it’s organized for ease of use into four basic areas:

 1. Be Prepared.

 2. Plan your Trip

 3. Reference Guide

 4. Just in Case of Emergency. 

The Discover Boating Safety app is a ‘must have’. It takes care of all your safe boating needs before you leave shore. Best of all, the majority of this content is available on your phone whether or not you have cell or internet access.

With a little preparation on land, you can get prepared to boat safely, allowing you to focus on having fun and making memories to last a lifetime.


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