The Canadian Safe Boating Council is in the business of promoting safe and responsible boating throughout Canada.  As an alliance of members committed to preventing boating injuries and drowning, the Canadian Safe Boating Council works to achieve its mission through a few major events.

Each January, stakeholders in recreational boating safety assemble to honour the people, programs, organizations and marinas that help to make boating in Canada safer and better for all of us, and to keep the environment clean.

Those new to this gala event call them the Canadian Safe Boating Awards.  But the many that each year make this evening an essential outing on their post-Christmas calendars, simply refer to them as the CASBAS.

Of special significance to award recipients is that, with the exception of the Canadian Safe Boating Council’s Special Recognition Award, their nomination came from people like you; those in the industry, boating safety organizations and the general public.

The 2023 CASBA Awards will be held on January 21, 2024.

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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.