Have a safe boating summer

  • Jul. 9, 2007 5:00 p.m.

Submitted article–Recreational boating should be fun. But it also must be safe. Whether you own, borrow or rent a pleasure craft, make sure it is in good working order and properly equipped before heading out. Transport Canada’s Office of Boating Safety wants to remind you how to boat safely. Our Boating Safety Officers encourage the over one million B.C. boaters to practice safe boating. Lifejackets are for EveryoneEnsure you have a Canadian-approved lifejacket for everyone on board, that it is in good condition (working zippers & buckles, clean fabric, no tears) and properly sized for each person-and make sure you wear it! Roughly 90-percent of fatalities on the water are because people don’t wear lifejackets. A lifejacket must be Canadian-certified. A simple way to find out if it has been approved in Canada is to check for English and French on the tag. Then look more closely for approval from Transport Canada, Department of Fisheries and Oceans or the Canadian Coast Guard. Lifejackets are now available in various colours, sizes and for various water activities. For example, a kayaker can purchase a lifejacket that has no bulk in the shoulders. Wearing a lifejacket is a good practice for strong swimmers and non-swimmers alike because it is a first line of defence against the Pacific Ocean’s cold water. Be PreparedThe Office of Boating Safety wants to remind boaters of what they should have on board. Check the Safe Boating Guide for the minimum gear required for your vessel size. Most boats need:. floating heaving line . flares and/or flashlight. manual bilge pump and/or bailer . navigation lights. paddles and/or anchor . fire extinguisher(s). pea-less whistle and/or horn . life jackets / PFDsThe Pleasure Craft Operator CardBoaters can learn all about boating safety by taking an approved Boating Safety course and obtaining their Pleasure Craft Operator Card. If you were born after April 1, 1983, or if you operate a vessel less than 4 metres (13.2 feet) in length you are now required to show proof of competency. All other powerboat operators will be required to show proof of competency by September 15, 2009.For more information, visit www.boatingsafety.gc.ca or call 1-800-O-CANADA.

Just Posted

Queen Charlotte name change will be a long process

Mayor says conversations still to be had with all residents

Haida Gwaii support workers strike deal with school district

New agreement will be in effect for the next three years

Northern Haida Gwaii Hospital to get secure room for psychiatric patients

Cost anticipated at close to $1 million for Masset hospital

B.C. oil tanker ban squeaks through final vote in Senate

Bill C-48 bars oil tankers from loading at ports on B.C’s north coast

Queen Charlotte explores banning single use plastics

Council seeking community input on options to reduce plastic waste

WATCH: Killer whale has the final catch in Prince Rupert waters

Fishing duel sees salmon stolen by eager orca

Fate of accused in Canadian couple’s 1987 killings in jury’s hands

William Talbott’s lawyer says DNA doesn’t prove murder

Child killed after being hit in driveway on Vancouver Island

The driver of the vehicle remained at the crash scene and is fully cooperating

Eating sandwiches, putting on makeup behind the wheel could land you a fine

RCMP say if you cause an accident while eating you could be penalized

Cat badly hurt in animal trap was likely stuck for days, B.C. owner says

Blu, a three-year-old house cat, suffered severe damage to his hind leg after being stuck in trap for days

40 cats surrendered in apparent hoarding at B.C. home

Officers found the cats living among piles of garbage and feces, suffering from fleas

Vancouver Aquarium drops cetacean ban lawsuit in new lease agreement

Ocean Wise CEO Lasse Gustavsson called the updated lease an exciting new chapter for the aquarium

Thieves steal two $40K chairs featuring gold serpents from B.C. furniture store

Chairs believed to be the only two of its kind in Canada, police said

Rising gas prices force B.C. residents to rethink summer road trips: poll

63 per cent of respondents reported gas prices are impacting their day-to-day finances

Most Read