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

Sunday, May 29, 2022

In accordance with the Not-for-Profit Act (Section 159.4), the Canadian Safe Boating Council will hold its annual general meeting in person on Sunday, May 29, 2022 at 1300 hours at the Toronto Airport Marriott Hotel, 901 Dixon Road.  The meeting is open to all interested persons, but voting will be restricted to current CSBC members. Please note: there will be no virtual Zoom option for this meeting.

The meeting will cover a number of subjects, including a dramatic report on the activities that we have accomplished in 2021 as well as the election of officers for 2022/23. Come and spend an hour or so with us to hear about the great progress we have made in promoting safe boating and to renew acquaintance with others like yourself who support our goals.


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 16th.

Dated in Ottawa, Ontario on this 27th day of April, 2022.


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.