The CSBC manages a number of important events and activities.

We welcome your participation in any or all of them.

Notice of Annual General Meeting

Canadian Safe Boating Council

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Due to the unusual circumstances experienced this year as a result of the Corona Virus, and in order to comply with provincial government and health guidelines, as well as doing our part to keep everyone safe, the Annual General Meeting of the Canadian Safe Boating Council will take place in accordance with the Not-for-Profit Act 159.4 on May 20, 2020 at 1300 hours,using electronic telecommunications.

The meeting is open to all CSBC members. The meeting will include several subjects, including a report on activities accomplished in the past year as well as the election of new officers. We encourage you to join us to hear highlights from CSBC 2019’s operations and how we are responding to the challenges that lie ahead. Note that the link for the meeting (via Zoom) will be sent under separate cover.

In order to assist in facilitating this meeting, please advise the CSBC Secretary, Ron Kroeker, by email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) of your intent to participate, no later than May 13th.

Dated in Ottawa, Ontario on this 29th day of April, 2020.


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.

Please contact Ian Gilson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are interested in hosting or attending a cold water workshop in the future. In the meantime, we have plenty of cold water resources available, including the Cold Water Boot Camp and Beyond Cold Water Boot Camp DVDs, available for purchase at

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 requires that anyone operating a power-driven boat must have a Pleasure Craft Operator Card OR other accredited proof of competency and it must be carried on board.

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Be Prepared - You and 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.