Boating Safety – OVERVIEW

Heading out on your boat?

First, review the Transport Canada Safe Boating Guide (pdf; 79 pages) which includes a “pre-departure checklist” and detailed descriptions of the safety equipment required on various types of vessels.

Note: there are even requirements for Stand Up Paddleboards > visit Paddle Canada for more details.

Next, read these quick tips from FOCA: Boating Tips to Prevent the Spread of Invasives! (pdf, 1 page)


August 2018 – recent data released from the US Coast Guard identifies the top causes of boating accidents in 2016, including:

  • the top category (with 2600 accidents, including 285 deaths) was related to VESSEL OPERATIONS (operator inattention- 597; inexperience- 480; improper lookout- 475; excessive speed- 360; alcohol- 282)
  • ENVIRONMENTAL CAUSES (660 accidents, 139 deaths) included weather- 214 and hazardous waters-205.

See all the statistics (PDF, 1 page).

More Resources:

You are also encouraged to check out all the resources available on the Canadian Safe Boating Council website

Earlier News:

September 2016 – Get end-of-season tips for safely preparing your boat(s) for winter storage, from Boats & Places. Click here to visit the online article.

Michelle LewinBoating Safety – OVERVIEW