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)

The CSBC produces the North American Safe Boating Awareness Week campaign each year and delivers it through centralized national and local volunteer outreach to the media including TV (both local and national), radio and national and community newspapers throughout the country

SmartBoater is a CSBC initiative using the web to create 'the place for boating safety'. Geared to 3 audiences, the recreational boater, the media and boating and water safety educators, provides targeted boating safety information in an interesting, entertaining and interactive way.

Cold Water Awareness

The CSBC has created two important outreach programs to educate the public and first responders about cold water; both the risks about sudden immersion and for first responders, how to properly manage a severely hypothermic victim. Cold Water Boot Camp and Beyond Cold Water Boot Camp are important programs that are changing how Canadians deal with the deadly risks of cold water.

Annual Symposium

Each year the CSBC hosts a Symposium at different locations across the country to deliver safe boating presentations, discuss emerging safety issues and share information and outreach ideas with our members and others.

Canadian Safe Boating Awards (CASBAs)

The CASBA's is an annual event designed to recognize the contributions of organizations and individuals who have demonstrated outstanding performances related to boating safety and the environment.

PFD Wear

The CSBC is a strong advocate of Lifejacket/PFD wear, recognizing that it is the most effective tool to reduce drownings on Canadian waterways. As part of that commitment the CSBC initiated a benchmark study in partnership with SmartRisk and the Cook-Rees Memorial Fund for Water Search and Safety to review and develop options concerning increased PFD use for recreational boaters in small craft.


There are 5 Key Messages developed by the CSBC to provide consistent 'important' message delivery by its members. They are Wear Your LIfejacket, Don't Drink and Boat, Take a Boating Course, Be Prepared - You and Your Vessel and Be Aware of Cold Water Risks. All CSBC messaging is focused around those 5 Key Messages.


The CSBC authors and distributes a newsletter on a regular basis to keep members, the media and the general public up to date about what is happening with the Council and boating safety in general.

5 Key Steps to Safer Boating

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Wear Your Lifejacket

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

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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.

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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!

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Prepare Your Vessel

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

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Be Cold Water Safe

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