Boat Safety Tips

Boat Safety Tips

With the weather warming up and the summer quickly approaching, it is important to remember a couple of safety tips to keep in mind this summer when boating:

  1. Ensure all safety equipment is packed before you go out into the water. It is the law to include 1 lifejacket per person, even when on a canoe.
  2. Always wear a properly fitted lifejacket/PFD and ensure everyone else on board is wearing one too.
  3. If operating a boat, ensure you have your boating license (Motorized Pleasure Craft Operator Card).
  4. Do not drink and drive (or paddle).
  5. Do not overload your boat with people and always follow your boat's capacity restrictions.
  6. Be aware of your surroundings, which includes other boats, people, and shallow areas/rocks.
  7. Have a flashlight and flare gun with you.
  8. Don’t speed when exiting/entering the bay/loading dock.
  9. Know your vessel and its capabilities.
  10. Stay alert to weather conditions.
  11. Use common sense.

Knowing the nautical rules of the road and practicing basic safety protocol is essential to reducing your risk of boating accidents. Practicing safe boating means that the operator of the boat, and all of the passengers on board, understand the risks and rules of boating.

According to statistics provided by the Canadian Safe Boating Council on June 20, 2020, over 80% of Canadians who drown while boating were not wearing a lifejacket, or were not wearing their lifejacket properly.

If you are in need of legal counsel regarding a boating accident or have questions about liability after a boating injury, please contact our offices for a free consultation.

From everyone at JEWELL RADIMISIS JORGE LL.P, please stay safe and healthy!


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