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

These are the key safety messages that CSBC promotes. That is the product we deliver to the public across Canada. Research has shown 48% of Canadians went boating in 2008.


CSBC Member Benefits

  1. Association with the organization most respected by government and others for the promotion of boating safety in Canada.
  2. Membership logo affiliation.
  3. Website links.
  4. CSBC email News Flash alerts.
  5. Personal networking with key industry representatives.
  6. Your membership helps support safety in the boating industry.

What does CSBC do?

  1. Promote safe and responsible recreational boating throughout Canada.
  2. Produce the safe boating annual awareness campaign which is delivered through volunteers and the media on local TV, radio and local newspapers throughout the country. In 2008 SBAW had 54 million media impressions delivered in Canada in May and more throughout the season.
  3. Produced Inform the Educator series of lectures highlighting important boating safety issues and solutions on video tapes.
  4. Produced Saved by the Jacket video and booklet.
  5. Produce a comprehensive safe boating symposium in Canada annually.
  6. Partner with primary non-profit US boating safety organizations.
  7. Produce and present the annual CSBC Safe Boating Awards, CASBA.
  8. Sponsor of Will It Float?, a research paper advocating lifejacket wear.
  9. Share safe boating ideas and messages with others.
  10. Send News Flashes to members via email to alert availability of News on the www.csbc.ca website.
  11. Recognize member, sponsor and volunteer partners.

Let us know how CSBC might provide synergy to your organization.


Boating Fatalities are on the Decline!

The Lifesaving Society and the Canadian Red Cross water fatality studies for the period 1994 through 2003 have demonstrated that 16% fewer boating fatalities occurred in the last five years which means 53 fewer deaths over 5 years. The downward trend of boating fatalities continues according to data compiled since 1991.

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.