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MEDIA ADVISORY

Thursday, May 17, 2018, 9:00 a.m.,

Banook Canoe Club, 17 Banook Av, Dartmouth, NS

Kick−off to Safe Boating Awareness Week and Media Day

Broadcast time: 10:00

Monday, May 14, 2018

On Thursday, May 17, 2018, from 9:00a.m – 11:00, 17 Banook Av, Dartmouth, NS, the Canadian Safe Boating Council (CSBC) and Banook Canoe Club will host a media event to kick-off Safe Boating Awareness Week which runs from May 19th-25th, 2018.

Throughout the period, media will have the opportunity to go out on the water to witness (or take part in) reboarding demonstrations emphasizing the importance of having a way to get back onto the boat unaided before cold incapacitation sets in. These will be demonstrated with both small motorized and various paddle craft. Drysuits are also available to those media wishing to experience, first-hand, their effectiveness as a deterrent to hypothermia.

The Red Cross will be on-hand as part of their National Lifejacket Day to demonstrate how to properly choose and fit a lifejacket on a child. They will also be demonstrating a variety of purpose-designed floatation devices.

This year the focus is on Prevention meets Enforcement and the CSBC has changed one if its key messages to “Boat Sober”. The impending legalization of cannabis along with the rise in prescription narcotic use is causing significant additional concern for boating safety advocate groups, enforcement agencies and first responders alike. To this end, a media conference will be held at 9:30 a.m. with representatives from the RCMP, Halifax Regional Police and MFR Rescue. This will be an opportunity to elaborate on the need to refrain from such substances both in advance of, and while on the water.

Please contact Ian Gilson to facilitate individual attention as and where possible.

The Victoria Day long weekend is considered by many as the unofficial start of summer. The goal of this event and Safe Boating Awareness Week is to decrease the number of boating fatalities by educating the public. It is timed for the beginning of the season so that watercraft operators may be reminded of 5 key boating safety tips to help ensure that every trip is a round trip.

  1. Wear Your Lifejacket

  2. Boat Sober

  3. Take a Boating Course

  4. Be Prepared-Both You & Your Boat

  5. Be Knowledgeable of the Dangers of Cold Water Immersion

For further information please contact:

Ian M. Gilson

Director - Canadian Safe Boating Council (CSBC)

Phone: 905−719−5152

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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.