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(May 24, 2019)

The Canadian Safe Boating Council (CSBC) will be participating in the LCBO’s Provincial Donation Box Program, May 26 – June 22. Next time you visit your local outlet, the CSBC would appreciate your support in this fundraising campaign to help make Canada’s waterways safer.

For nearly three decades, the Canadian Safe Boating Council has been in the business of promoting safe and responsible boating throughout Canada. The CSBC and partner organizations have worked to decrease boating related drownings by 40% over the past 15 years. This is significant given the phenomenal growth of boat ownership and boating activities in Canada.

But tragically, approximately 130 Canadians will lose their lives this year due to boating related drownings. That is why funds raised through the Donation Box Program are so important - to help the CSBC continue its work.

The CSBC is a charitable, volunteer-based organization that depends on funding from members, industry and government. With those contributions, the CSBC has been at the forefront of promoting safe and responsible boating through creative educational programs and outreach to boaters.

“Money raised during this month-long campaign will be used to educate Canadians about boating safety and teach boaters to be better prepared and better informed,” states John Gullick, CSBC Chair. “We’re extremely happy to be partnering in LCBO’s Donation Box Program,” adds Gullick, “especially as it follows on the heels of the 2019 Safe Boating Awareness Week May 18th – 24th.”

The purpose of Safe Boating Awareness Week is to provide boaters with five key reminders as they prepare to embark on another boating season.

  1. Wear a PFD or lifejacket.

  2. Boat sober.

  3. Take a boating course.

  4. Be prepared, both you and your vessel.

  5. And be wary of the dangers of cold water immersion.

So when you visit your local LCBO, keep the Canadian Safe Boating Council in mind. Through your donation you can help make our waterways safer for everyone.

For more information:

John McMullen
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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 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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Prepare 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.