Safe Boat­ing Tips For The Whole Sea­son

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Re­search per­formed in 2017 by the Cana­dian Safe Boat­ing Coun­cil in­di­cated that 45% of Cana­di­ans en­joy recre­ational boat­ing each year. That’s over 16 mil­lion of us. We ven­ture out in power boats, sail boats, per­sonal water­craft, ca­noes, kayaks and, in rapidly in­creas­ing num­bers, stand-up pad­dle­boards. What­ever the craft, boaters will read­ily ad­mit that they love be­ing on the wa­ter.

It’s partly this pas­sion for boat­ing that makes peo­ple so ea­ger to get out on the wa­ter as soon as the ice has re­ceded and the air tem­per­a­tures start to warm. The Cana­dian Safe Boat­ing Coun­cil and our many part­ners want to re­mind boaters as they be­gin their boat­ing ac­tiv­i­ties this sea­son to keep the fol­low­ing prac­tices in mind:

1. Wear Your Life­jacket – Well in ad­vance of your planned out­ing, in­spect all life­jack­ets for holes, fray­ing or split seams, broken buck­les and/or zip­pers. If any are found, re­place the life­jacket im­me­di­ately. Also, check for fit to make sure that it can be worn com­fort­ably. Inflatable life­jack­ets should be tested for leaks ev­ery year by man­u­ally in­flat­ing them us­ing the breath­ing tube and leav­ing them overnight to en­sure there is no de­fla­tion. Most im­por­tantly, when you head out, wear your life­jacket!

2. Don’t Boat Im­paired – Be sure to take along plenty of non-al­co­holic bev­er­ages to keep you hy­drated but leave the al­co­hol un­til you re­turn. Also, while recre­ational mar­i­juana use will soon be le­gal in Canada, the best prac­tice is to ab­stain un­til you get back to the dock! Safe boat­ing de­mands your full at­ten­tion.

3. Check the Weather – Storms with high winds and waves can brew up quickly in the spring so make sure you have checked the weather fore­cast and, if nec­es­sary, de­lay your out­ing un­til an­other day. A ma­rine fore­cast, avail­able on the En­vi­ron­ment Canada web­site, will fore­cast wave heights and in­di­cate whether a Small Craft Warn­ing has been is­sued for the body of wa­ter on which you plan to boat.

4. Check All Your Safety Equip­ment – Make sure you have checked and loaded all your legally- man­dated and rec­om­mended safety equip­ment. Re­mem­ber to put fresh bat­ter­ies in all elec­tronic equip­ment in­clud­ing flash­lights.

5. Un­der­stand the Dan­gers of Cold Wa­ter Im­mer­sion – Dress for the wa­ter tem­per­a­ture rather than the air tem­per­a­ture and un­der­stand that, even in ice cold wa­ter, it takes at least 30 min­utes for an adult to be­come even mildly hy­pother­mic. By wear­ing a life­jacket and dress­ing with some ther­mal pro­tec­tion, you will dras­ti­cally im­prove your chances for res­cue. Most im­por­tantly, don’t panic! Panic kills.

The Cana­dian Safe Boat­ing Coun­cil urges you to re­mem­ber these few rec­om­mended prac­tices through­out the sea­son to keep you and your fam­ily safe on the wa­ter through­out the 2018 boat­ing sea­son.

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