Wasaga Beach Community Policing Committee

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BOATING SAFETY IN 2015

  A survey, from September 2014, indicated that approximately 46% of Canadians, aged 18 years and older, participated in recreational boating. This activity grossed an estimated 2 billion dollars in new boat and engine sales. Boating is important to the economy of Canada, and safe boating is an important part of the activity.

All operators of power driven water crafts, which include personal water crafts and motorized sailboats that are used for recreational purposes, require a license in the form of a Pleasure Craft Operator’s Card, available through BOATsmart Canada. See www.BOATsmartcanada.com for in depth requirements of the card.

Once you have the card, preparing to go boating is very important. Small Vessels Regulations call for certain safety equipment being aboard at all times. There are four types of safety equipment required: Personal, Boat, Distress and Navigational safety equipment. These items are approved PFD’s, buoyant heaving lines, and emergency kits containing rations, drinking water, First Aid kit, waterproof matches, waterproof flashlight, knife, whistle, and dry clothes. Your craft may also require bailing devices, anchors, oars/paddles, an axe, life ring, fire extinguisher or flares. For a complete list of required items, as per your style of boat, contact Transportation Canada at www.tc.gc.ca/boatingsafety. Once you have determined what your craft requires in the form of emergency items, you will be on your way to a happy and safe boating season.

One last word to the wise. The President of BOATsmart Canada advises that the effects of consumed alcohol are increased 4x by wind, sun, and wave motion while on the water, as opposed to on land. So leave all alcohol on the shore and enjoy your freedom while boating. Be alert and be smart when navigating your craft. Your life, and the lives of others, may depend upon your actions.

This information is presented to you by the Wasaga Beach Community Policing Committee and the Huronia West Detachment of the O.P.P. Safe boating to all!


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