Welcome to new boaters: how can we help?

The CSBC Annual Symposium will again be held virtually this year, on October 1, 2021. The
theme is: Welcome to new boaters: how can we help?

We missed the opportunity to get together in person with our CSBC family in 2020, but holding
the Symposium virtually allowed us to reach out to more attendees from across Canada and
internationally. While there is light at the end of the tunnel with COVID-19, for the safety of us all
we will not get together in person at Mont Tremblant in 2021, as we had planned. Planning is
under way for our Virtual Symposium 2021, and we’re looking forward to welcoming you on
October 1. COVID restrictions have led to an explosion of boating activity, as more and more
people discover the joy of boating in a healthy and physically distanced environment. Explore
with us some of the boating safety issues that arise as we welcome new boaters to our
community – and favourite activity!

Participant testimonials demonstrate that CSBC Symposiums consistently hit the high water
mark. Here are some of the things that our Virtual Symposium 2020 attendees said:

"Excellent opportunity to gather new knowledge to share with others"

"Thanks so much for this very informative presentation!"

"Fantastic networking opportunities with people from across Canada and overseas"

“Very informative Symposium. Will inspire the team in the preparation of its 2021 workplan.
Thank you all!”

Our thanks, as always, go to Stearns Coleman, Presenting Sponsor, for their support of this
event and many other CSBC activities.

Save the date, October 1, 2021, and keep your eye on this site, and our CSBC Newsletter
(subscribe at https://csbc.ca/en/sign-up-for-our-newsletter) for further updates.

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PowerPoint Presentations from the 2020 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 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.