Get carded! Obtain your Pleasure Craft Operator card by taking a Lifesaving Society BOAT Course or by studying at home using the BOAT Study Guide and take the test at one of our BOAT Test Centers.
Get the right stuff! The length of your boat determines the quantity and type of safety equipment that is required on your pleasure craft.
ALWAYS inform someone of where you are going and when you expect to return.
Don’t overload your craft. Avoid swamping or capsizing by following the load restrictions of your craft. This includes the number of passengers and the weight of your gear.
Choose it and USE it! Trying to put on a lifejacket in an emergency is like trying to put on your seat belt during a car crash. Don’t just leave your lifejacket in the boat, wear it while enjoying the water!
The greatest danger of boating is the one the driver can control – alcohol consumption. Alcohol affects balance, judgement, and reaction time. Piloting your boat while under the influence is not only dangerous but a criminal offence. Operating a boat comes with a hefty fine of $600.00 with a second conviction leading up to 14 days in prison. You can also lose your drivers license even as a first-time offender.
Most people who die in boating accidents fall out of boats or capsize and end up in the water. Falling unexpectedly into cold water can trigger cold water responses which cause uncontrollable gasping which can lead to inhaling water and drowning.
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