CSBC symposium 2023

2024 Annual Symposium

Whistler, B.C. | October 2024

With the successful 2023 CSBC Symposium behind us, it is time to start planning the next Symposium. Plan to join us next October at the Hilton Whistler Resort and Conference Centre in beautiful British Columbia. Previous CSBC Symposiums in Whistler have always been popular; they offer the serenity of beautiful mountain scenery, conducive to thoughtful exploration of boating safety topics and relaxed networking. At the same time, the backdrop of the stunning B.C. coast and year-round orientation to the water make marine safety top of mind, and bring extensive local expertise to discussions. Join us in Whistler to explore new perspectives and make new friends!

Participant testimonials demonstrate that CSBC Symposiums consistently hit the high water mark:

"Welcoming. Informative. Collaborative. Inspiring"

"Great Symposium – presenters, collaborative exercises, hotel, location. It really felt as though we accomplished things."

"The Coffee and Challenges session went way beyond my expectations. I left feeling there was a great value in what the two days presented and left me with."

"The lifejacket discussions were informative, along with the networking with future peers in boating safety. The simulation tour was excellent."

Join us in Whistler in 2024 for a great learning experience that will include:

  • Boating safety with a British Columbia focus
  • Sharing learning and perspectives with international experts
  • Exploring boating safety challenges and solutions in a collaborative environment
  • Learning, networking, energy, and fun!

Date: October 1st - 3rd, 2024

2023 Symposium Agenda – Coming Spring 2024!

Registration Information - Available Spring 2024!

Hotel Information – Available Spring 2024. Group rate available.

If you live, work or recreate on, in or around cold water, we have a unique opportunity you won’t want to miss!  In conjunction with the Symposium in late September/early October, the CSBC will be hosting in-person Cold Water Workshops, teaching participants everything they need to know about the dangers of cold water immersion and hypothermia. They will also cover self-rescue techniques as well as how to help other potentially hypothermic individuals to survive until professional help arrives.  The workshops will be facilitated by Professor Gordon Giesbrecht of the University of Manitoba who is a world-renowned expert on hypothermia and other cold injuries. Simply click here for more information.

The CSBC looks forward to welcoming you in Whistler in October 2024!

PowerPoint Presentations from the 2023 CSBC Symposium available for download here!

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.