Spring has sprung! Well, almost. Despite this inconsistent weather, the fleeting moments of warm weather and sunshine have us looking forward to a long summer. One of our favourite ways to spend a hot summer day is to get out on the water with family and friends. The best way to enjoy a day on the water is with the peace of mind that you are prepared.
If you plan to operate a power-driven boat this season you must have proof of competency. Your proof of competency shows that you know and understand the rules of the water and how to boat safely. The most common form is the Pleasure Craft Operator card which can be obtained by taking a safety course and passing a test, and the card is good for life.
With your Pleasure Craft Operator card in hand, you are almost ready to cast off. Don’t forget the following:
Things you must keep on your boat
- Your proof of competency; it’s your license to operate a motor boat.
- Life jackets for each occupant. Remember that an effective life jacket fits properly, and is properly fastened at all times you’re on the water.
- A buoyant heaving line at least 15 metres long.
- Water-tight flashlights or approved flares.
- A sound signaling device.
- A manual propelling device such as a paddle.
- A bailer or manual water pump.
- A Class 5 BC fire extinguisher.
Things you should keep on your boat
- A marine first aid kit.
- Drinking water and snacks.
- Dry clothing.
- Waterproof matches.
- A knife.
- Visit the Transport Canada website for more information on your Pleasure Craft Operator card.
- Read the Canadian Red Cross website list of boating safety requirements.
- Learn more about life jackets and personal flotation devices with the Canadian Red Cross.
- Contact us to insure your boat and to enjoy a long 2013 season on the water!