Always Wear your Lifejacket - If you don't wear it, it won't work. Examine PFDs and lifejackets for wear and tear and identify those that need replacing. If you have inflatable PFDs be sure to be familiar with their operating instructions.
Don't Drink & Boat - It is unacceptable to drink and drive a motor vehicle and the same holds true for drinking and boating. If you are caught operating a vessel while impaired you will also loose your ability to operate your motor vehicle.
Check your Boat - Familiarize yourself with the boat you are operating. Check the condition of your vessel and ensure it is properly prepared for the boating season.
Be Prepared - Mechanical breakdowns account for a significant number of calls for assistance to the Ontario Provincial Police. Most of these embarrassing incidents are preventable by ensuring your vessel is serviceable, you have sufficient gas. Part of being prepared is also making sure that the weather and water conditions are suitable for your day out on the water.
Planning - Remember when things go wrong on the water, it happens very quickly and you don?t always have time to react. A prudent skipper always discusses his or her plans with a family member before they set out.
Canoeing Safety - Click to view the OPP Canoeing Safety brochure.