The CASBAs honour the people, programs, organizations and marinas that are helping to make boating in Canada safer and better for all of us, and to keep the environment clean.

Here is an overview of the awards

"Rescue of the Year"

A heroic deed or rescue executed on the water in Canada.

"Marine Professional of the Year"

An outstanding act of boating safety by a marine organization professional

"Top Volunteer Dedicated to Safe Boating"

An individual who consistently practices and promotes safe boating in Canada

"Best Boating Safety Initiative"

A successful safe boating initiative that was conducted in Canada

"Safeguarding the Environment"

A company who has introduced to Canada a boating product or campaign that reduces marine pollution and makes the sport of boating more environmentally friendly

"Marine Industry"

A company or individual who has introduced a boating product or technology improving boating safety

"Visible PFD Wear in Advertising"

An advertiser that consistently or innovatively promotes visible PFD wear

"Best Media Contribution to Boating Safety"

A media outlet that promotes boating safety in some fashion

"Special Recognition"

Awarded at the discretion of the CASBA Nominations Review Committee for special recognition


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.