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With the CSBC Boat Notes APP, you’ll get customized boating information tailored to you, your boat and your boating style. Find information on topics like Required Safety Equipment, Pre-Departure Checklists, Rules of the Road and lots more!

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"The CSBC believes that all operators of all sizes and types of kayaks, canoes and self-propelled vessels and all types of other craft that are 6 meters or less in length, while passengers are on deck and while the boat is underway, should wear lifejackets or PFDs. "


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The Canadian Safe Boating Council (CSBC) was organized in 1991 to improve communications regarding safe boating issues between government departments and agencies servicing recreational boaters' interests and private companies and organizations in the recreational boating field. In the early 1990s various regulatory issues were discussed. A major issue was the life jacket types and colours which resulted in making PFDs more comfortable and acceptable. Annual meetings were held and developed into educational discussions regarding safe boating. In 1998 this became the annual Conference (later the Symposium) with seminars and discussions regarding current issues. The Symposium rotates annually across the country to encourage participation from all regions. (READ MORE >>)


Key messages for the Canadian Safe Boating Council Safe Boating Awareness programs:

• Wear Your Lifejacket

• Boat Sober

• Take a Boating Course

• Be Prepared - You and Your Vessel

• Cold Water Immersion


CSBC Mission Statement

The Canadian Safe Boating Council is in the business of promoting safe and responsible boating throughout Canada.

CSBC Activities

The CSBC manages a number of important events and activities. We welcome your participation in any or all of them.

North American Safe Boating Awareness Week (NASBAW)

Cold Water Awareness

Annual Symposium

Canadian Safe Boating Awards

PFD Wear




5 Key Steps to Safer Boating

safe key 1

Wear Your Lifejacket

Legally you must carry one on board, appropriately sized for each passenger. But don't just carry it, WEAR IT.

safe key 2

Boat Sober

Boating under the influence of alcohol, recreational drugs or prescription narcotics, is illegal, irresponsible and potentially deadly. Leave any such substances until you return to the dock.

safe key 3

Take a Boating Course

The law now requires that anyone driving a motorized boat must have a pleasure-craft operator card. It's for your own safety and that of your passengers. Don't get caught without one. Take a course and get your license!

safe key 4

Be Prepared

Ensure your boat has all the required safety gear and sufficient fuel. Be sure the weather is suitable for your vessel's capabilities.

safe key 5

Beware of Cold Water Risks

Cold water is a significant risk. Learn how to protect yourself.