safe boating awareness week

The risk of cold water immersion is one of the 5 key messages for the SBAW campaign and a message that has been strongly received by boaters, educators and the marine industry alike. In 2008, the CSBC in partnership with National Search and Rescue Secretariat, Transport Canada and others created the Cold Water Boot Camp program and it is now available for water safety outreach this year.

Cold Water Boot Camp focuses on the 1-10-1 principle created by Dr. Gordon Giesbrecht and highlights the 3 main effects of cold water immersion. The 1-10-1 brochure outlining those effects along with the 5 key safe boating messages on the other side is available for download from the SBAW web pages.

To see and hear the boot camp volunteers' personal cold water experiences and learn more about protecting yourself in an accidental cold water immersion check out the Cold Water Boot Camp web site