Boating safety

Includes safety information on boating and horsepower restrictions, proof of competency, recreational water activities, life jackets and personal flotation devices.

General boating safety tips

Wear your lifejacket, carry proof of competency, monitor the weather, know the area, share your sail plan, inspect your boat, have a safety briefing, and don't drink and boat.

Lifejackets and personal flotation devices

Every adult and child aboard a boat should wear a lifejacket or personal flotation device (PFD) at all times.

Pleasure craft competency program

In most of Canada, you must have a proof of competency to operate a pleasure craft fitted with any type of motor.

Recreational water activities

Tubing, water skiing and wakeboarding are all fun ways to spend a hot and sunny afternoon. Follow our basic tips to ensure these summer days stay safe.

Water toys

Inflatable self-propelled water toys are not designed or intended for use in open water.

Age-horsepower restrictions

Youth under 16 years of age may not operate boats with motors over 40 horsepower unless someone 16 years of age or older is in the boat and directly supervising them.

Overboard recovery techniques

Know and practice the following emergency procedures with your family to lessen panic in an emergency.

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