Boaters are putting the pleasure in pleasure boating by reducing the risk.

Over the last 15 years water related Canadian fatalities have been reduced 30% thanks to CSBC, our partners in safe boating and many other groups committed to reducing water related incidents. This information is borne out in studies by the Canadian Red Cross and the Lifesaving Society.

Part of the success is as a result of the CSBC outreach activities, and in particular, safe boating awareness week campaigns. In 2016 the campaign delivered safe boating messages totalling more than 151 million media impressions across Canada. The Synovate public survey after SBAW week in 2016 shows boater awareness of one or more of the CSBC’s 5 key messages increased from 60% to 71% of all Canadian boaters. Check out the results of the [Synovate study].

Although there is no statistical information about lifejacket wear, anecdotal information suggests that more Canadian boaters are wearing their lifejackets than ever before.

Thank you for supporting safe and responsible boating.

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.