Safe Boating Awareness Week, May 16 – 22nd
With social distancing a way of life over the past months, Canadians are itching to get back on the water. In many areas of Canada, it will become a reality this long weekend. For those of you that are able to go boating, the CSBC (Canadian Safe Boating Council) wants to remind you that the water is still cold and for many, your boat has been laid up over the winter and your boating skills might be rusty.
Joe Gatfield, Chair of the CSBC stated ‘With recreational boating having such a slow start due to Covid-19 this year, if you need help, it might not be as readily available from rescue services or other boaters as it was in previous years. So, this year, it is even more critical to be prepared and not put additional pressure on emergency resources. Keep in mind the CSBC’s 5 Key Messages to stay safe on the water … for now and for later in the season!’
Wear Your Lifejacket - Over 80% of Canadians who drown while boating were not wearing their lifejacket or not wearing it properly.
Boat Sober - Whether it’s prescription drugs, alcohol or cannabis, the use of intoxicants is both irresponsible and illegal.
Be Prepared, You and Your Boat - Make sure you and your boat are up to your planned on-water activities.
Take a Boating Course – Operating a powered vessel, you should have your Pleasure Craft Operator Card, so consider taking some advanced courses. If your boating preference tends towards paddle, enroll in some training.
Be Aware of Cold Water Risks - Cold water can severely impact your ability to swim or even just stay afloat. Your best chance of surviving an accidental cold water immersion is to wear your lifejacket!
Boating is a favourite pastime for many Canadians. It can reduce the stress of social isolation and it’s a great family activity. By its very nature, boating provides the ideal way to get out and enjoy the outdoors while still maintaining social distancing practices.
The CSBC wants you to have a super season on the water this summer.
Stay safe - stay separated – have fun.
Safe Boating Week Key Messages
- Wear Your Lifejacket
- Don't Drink and Boat
- Take a Boating Skills Course
- Beware of Cold Water Risks
- Be Prepared
Be sure to come out and participate in events taking place in your area during the Safe Boating Awareness Week and make your boating experience a better one.
All radio spots are 30 seconds long (mp3s, 1.3MB)