BRING THE ESSENTIALS 

 Being prepared also means having the right gear. Use a Pre-Departure Checklist to ensure you have the right equipment with you before you go out on the water.


TRIP PLAN

Always make a plan and leave it with a responsible person before you go. If no one knows you are gone, no one will be looking for you.


KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

Being informed is just as important as being prepared. Knowing the risks and open water hazards involved with the activities you take part in may help prevent an incident from occuring.


GET PROPERLY TRAINed

Obtain your Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC) by taking an accredited boat operator training course.  


Don't Cruize With Booze

More than 50% of those who died last year while boating discovered too late that even one alcoholic drink can affect balance, slow reaction time and impair ability to think clearly.

  • Wait until you are off the water before consuming alcohol.
  • Don’t allow a person who has consumed alcohol to operate a boat.
  • Provide non-alcoholic beverages for boat operators and passengers. Non-alcoholic drinks ensure everyone is alert in case of emergency.
  • Wear approved lifejackets or Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs).
  • Remember, alcohol is a factor in half of all boating fatalities.