Safe Boating Awareness Week happened May 16 to 22 this year, an ever-important topic and one that feels more vital than ever these days.
Joe Gatfield, chair of the Canadian Safe Boating Council, took the opportunity to remind Canadians just how important safe boating is.
“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,” he explained. “So, this year, it is even more critical to be prepared and not put additional pressure on emergency resources.”
The council also shared their five key messages for water safety:
Wear your lifejacket!
- Boat sober — intoxicants and boating combined is irresponsible and illegal.
- Prepare yourself and your boat for the day.
- Take a boating course to learn and advance your skills.
- Be aware of cold water risks (more on cold water immersion here!).
Safe Boating Awareness Week may be over but these tips apply year-round. As CSBC says, stay safe – stay separated – have fun.