It looks like summer has finally arrived. With people taking to the water, the Minister of Transport has offered these safety tips for boaters.
Always ensure that you and your guests wear a life-jacket that fits properly.
If you are operating a motorized boat, carry proof of competency and, as applicable, a pleasure craft licence on board at all times.
Take a boating safety course.
Carry the required safety equipment for your boat such as paddles, a bailer, flashlight, buoyant line, anchor, etc.
Keep clear of swimmers, divers and other boats.
Navigate your boat on the correct side of the buoy.
Wear proper clothing and check the weather forecast before heading out.
Do not drink alcohol and boat.
Recreational boaters must also have a pleasure craft licence and/or registration if their vessel’s engine is of 10 horsepower or more. Canoes, kayaks, small sailing vessels and small motorboats with engines of less than 10 horsepower do not have to be licensed or registered.
Taking extra steps to make sure your friends and family are safe while you’re on the water will ensure that each time you leave the dock this summer, you make a safe return.
Stay safe and enjoy the water!