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The annual Canadian Safe Boating Council symposium is one of our flagship events. It brings together a wide range of boating safety stakeholders to impart information on boating safety best practices, present and debate emerging safety issues and share information and outreach from our members, partners and agencies from around the world.

The symposium is held in different locations across Canada every year; as a national organization we want to learn about boating safety issues in every region of Canada, engage local boating safety stakeholders and create community. The symposium is open to everyone with an interest in boating safety. If you attend, you can expect a warm welcome, thought-provoking discussions and an interesting program.

This is where our symposiums have been held to date:

1999        Hamilton, Ontario
2000        Delta, B.C.
2001        Geneva Park, Ontario
2002        Dartmouth, N.S.
2003        Longueil, Quebec
2004        Whistler, B.C.
2005        Honey Harbour, Ontario
2006        Quebec City, Quebec
2007        Oak Island Resort, N.S.
2008        Stoney Lake, Ontario
2009        Whistler, B.C.
2010        Montreal. Quebec
2011        St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador
2012        Gravenhurst, Ontario
2013        Whistler, B.C.
2014        Ottawa, Ontario
2015        Halifax, N.S.
2016        Yellowknife, N.W.T
2017        Quebec City, Quebec
2018        Victoria, B.C.
2019        Port Credit, Ontario
2020        Virtual
2021        Virtual
2022        Mont Tremblant, Quebec
2023        St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador

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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 requires that anyone operating a power-driven boat must have a Pleasure Craft Operator Card OR other accredited proof of competency and it must be carried on board.

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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.