CSBC 2013 Symposium in Whistler an overwhelming success!


The Canadian Safe Boating Council (CSBC) annual Symposium, held in Whistler B.C. from September 23-25, 2013, was deemed an overwhelming success.  Attended by 70 boating and water safety advocates from across Canada and U.S., the Symposium provided a venue to share experiences and explore best practices to enhance safety on the water. This year the theme was “Building the Business of Safe Boating”. Many perspectives were exchanged and ideas and practices came to light. As one presenter aptly articulated, “doing business safely is just good business.”

With the great turn-out, the range and diversity of participants and presenters and the exceptional support of valued sponsors, this CSBC Symposium was the best ever.  Pre-Symposium events included a successful Cold Water Workshop held in Vancouver and this year, for the first time, the CSBC was pleased to offer a venue for a pre-Symposium national meeting of pleasure craft course providers.

Here's what participants shared about their experiences:

  •        This Symposium brought the recreational boating community even closer together, more informed, more aligned, more inspired.  

  •       An excellent variety of speakers. Very friendly and welcoming reception and lots of opportunity to network. 

  •       As my first Symposium, it was informative and very well run; kudos to everyone involved. 

  •        A balanced and relevant program, forums were excellent and the focus on BC and Western Canada was extremely interesting. Lots of time for side discussions. This year saw a jump to a new level. Well done! 

Watch for a full article on the Symposium in the upcoming CSBC Fall Newsletter and keep an eye right here for the Symposium presentations that will being posted shortly

With fantastic topic ideas shared by participants for future Symposiums, planning is already in full swing for the September 21-23, 2014 Symposium in Ottawa.  Make a point to be there.


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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.