Safe Boating Do's & Don'ts
With Safe Boating Awareness Week getting underway this weekend, the OPP is partnering with the Canadian Safe Boating Council to remind boaters and paddlers about the main dos and don'ts for getting through a safe boating season.
Police say wear a life jacket. It doesn't suffice to just have one nearby on your vessel. The only safe life jacket is the one you're wearing.
DON'T take your boat out if you've consumed any amount of alcohol or drugs.
Be wary of the dangers of cold water immersion.
In the last decade, 43 of the 229 boating fatalities occurred between the months of January and May, when water is either freezing or cold enough for hypothermia to set in.
DON'T take your boat out unless both you and your vessel are fully prepared. Every year, the OPP is called out to stranded boaters who failed to properly check their vessels and plan their trip.
Police say you should ensure your boat is properly equipped. Be sure to have sufficient fuel and only go out if the weather makes it safe to do so.