Boating has become especially popular and each year we are seeing more people get out on the water.
To make sure that you not only have a fun experience but also a safe one, here are some potentially lifesaving boating tips to follow.
PREPARE THE RIGHT EQUIPMENT
Before hitting the water, make sure that you’re prepared.
Check that you have all of the equipment that’s required by law for your boat size on board and in good working order. This should include:
- first aid kit
- sound signalling device like a whistle
- bail bucket
- at least 15 metres of buoyant rope
- watertight flashlight
- navigation lights
BRING ENOUGH LIFE JACKETS FOR EVERYONE
Always make sure that each passenger has and is wearing a properly fitted lifejacket or PFD and that it’s approved for use in Canada. Check the label; it should say that the jacket is approved by Transport Canada, Fisheries & Oceans Canada, or the Canadian Coast Guard.
NEVER DRINK AND BOAT
Never drink while being the operator of any watercraft. Not only is it illegal and dangerous, but it carries the same penalty as drinking and operating a motor vehicle. Leave the drinks off the boat completely.
PLAN YOUR ROUTE
It’s a good idea to plan your route. Know where you are going and make sure that someone knows where you’re going and when you plan on returning. Also, keep a close eye on the weather because the skies and water can turn rough quickly.
Make sure your insurance company is aware that you have a boat and that it’s listed on your policy with the proper liability protection as well. This way you don’t come up short if something happens while you’re towing home from cottage country.
And also remember to have fun, recreational boating provides some great relaxation!
Erie Mutual Insurance proudly serves the business, home, farm and auto insurance needs of members throughout Southern Ontario including Haldimand, Niagara and Hamilton. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have about this or any other topic related to your insurance.
Please contact us with any questions you may have about this or any other topic related to your insurance.