Be safe on the water
Just like driving a car, operating a boat takes skill, knowledge and careful attention. Follow the proper safety precautions to make sure you and your family get full enjoyment out of being on the water.
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Wear your lifejacket, carry proof of competency, monitor the weather, know the area, share your sail plan, inspect your boat, have a safety briefing, and don't drink and boat.
Every adult and child aboard a boat should wear a lifejacket or personal flotation device (PFD) at all times.
In most of Canada, you must have a proof of competency to operate a pleasure craft fitted with any type of motor.
Tubing, water skiing and wakeboarding are all fun ways to spend a hot and sunny afternoon. Follow our basic tips to ensure these summer days stay safe.
Inflatable self-propelled water toys are not designed or intended for use in open water.
Youth under 16 years of age may not operate boats with motors over 40 horsepower unless someone 16 years of age or older is in the boat and directly supervising them.
Know and practice the following emergency procedures with your family to lessen panic in an emergency.