Safe Boating BC

Summer (solstice) officially starts on or about June 21 Friday. Timely for kids getting out of school and warm weather activities. T-Shirts and short cuts are typical attire, sometimes in advance of this date by 4 to 6 weeks.

Boating generally begins as soon as ice melts off the local mountain lakes. Many people wish to boast swimming and water skiing early in May and hang up the gear in October. Fishing is all year round in any type of weather. Ice covers the higher lakes and even some of our lower altitude lakes.

That being the case, safe boating guidelines apply to our ‘outdoor activity guidelines.’ You’ll have to associate what really does matter in each season. Common sense topping the list.

Local authorities will always be informative. If you have not looked into gathering knowledge and paper work required to meet public safety issues, this post may offer a snap shot.

Now that water crafts are being brought out of storage, it is a good idea to make a check list of recommended items and registration.

In my opinion, you can never be over prepared, but this is a small tally of what you may be  invited to present in the instance of RCMP or local (NCO) conservation operation enforcement will want to see. This is for our own good. Non compliance is just not using common sense and on second offense will be slapped with a minimum fine of $ 300.00 and range to $ 100,000.00.

In no particular order is a small itemized compilation.

  • Registration. Covered from getting wet, kept in or on the vessel. All types recreational  insurance are a good idea also.
  • Registration numbers and signage must be in place where required. Find out if you must qualify.
  • New purchase of used equipment must be transferred with paper work.
  • Flash lights for signal. Even during the day they are effective.
  • Newer life jackets, PFD a must for small children. Wearing them is normal in these times of increased boating activity.
  • Lights working along with  horn and bilge pump.
  • Remember your boat trailer lights and license plate with registration.
  • Fuel, oil and boat batteries. Marine applications generally have back up batteries.
  • Paddles and bail bucket
  • Mooring, docking and tow rope.
  • Is the drain plug in the boat?
  • Kill switch or “dead-mans'” switch, for one person operation.
  • And not lastly, the BOATsmart Pleasure Craft Operator Card ( PCOC.) Which boat gets the right of way? What to do in emergency.
  • Know your boat launch etiquette. The boat trailer, empty or loaded in waiting, has priority, not the boat tied up to the launch dock.

Recap the list. Get or have an operator license. Online is best.

Treat boating as you would the rules of the road. All regular auto driving laws apply to boating now. Don’t try saying “I didn’t know.” especially after reading this. Any and all drivers licenses will carry any infractions.

Do not become impaired before or while boating. Leave alcoholic beverages and drugs out of the boating experience.

Simply, everyone wear life jackets. Check weather forecasts frequently and allow extra time for the boat launch experience.

Note that Personal Water Craft and Wake Board Boats need extra attention in speeds under 10 kmh and over 60 kmh. They’re quite high in fatalities from inexperience of under steering when traveling slow and over steering abruptly when going fast.

Next up, lightly exploring information on the new order for past, present and future lakefront ownership.Image


One Response

  1. Excellent reminders , be prepared! Better safe than being sorry>>>>>>>>>>

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