Keep Safety in Mind on Ontario’s Waterways

OPP Marine

The East Algoma Ontario Provincial Police is reminding everyone to be aware of proper boating practices and to take steps to ensure a safe and happy boating season. Here are a few things to consider this boating season.

When you purchase a boat, you need to get a pleasure craft licence document with a unique licence number.  It’s FREE.  The number allows Search and Rescue personnel to access information in an emergency.

  • Take a few minutes to make sure to boat safely before you leave.  Complete a pre-departure check list and a sail plan and check the water and weathers conditions to ensure you are prepared.
  • Every vessel must have a personal floatation device or lifejacket for everyone on board. Choosing the right life jacket or Personal Floatation Device (PFD) is very important for keeping you and your onboard guests safe.
  • Check the load capacity of your boat. Take a second trip if necessary to avoid over loading your boat. Distribute the load evenly so that your vessel is not prone to tipping or taking on water.
  • Operate your boat in a responsible fashion. Consider boat traffic and weather / water conditions.  You must always be prepared and alert, since conditions on the water can change quickly. Show courtesy to other boaters.
  • Everyone who operates a power-driven boat in Canada requires a Pleasure Craft Operator Card.  You can find Pleasure Craft Licence applications on line.
  • Boating and alcohol do not mix. Remember you are responsible for the safety of your guests and others using the waterway.  Operating a boat while impaired is a criminal offence. It is an offence to have open liquor in your vessel unless it is moored, has a washroom, cooking and sleeping facilities.

“Remember no matter what life saving device you choose it won’t work if you don’t wear it.” states A/S/Sgt Marty Van Kessel of the East Algoma Detachment.

For more information go to: Transport Canada website at: