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The CSBC runs Cold Water Workshops to train those who serve as first responders or who work around cold water on how to rescue and treat potentially hypothermic victims. Our 2020 workshops are currently on hold while we adapt to the COVID-19 situation.

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 csbc.ca/en/cold-water-dvd-s

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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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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.