With the long weekend upon us, the Nova Scotia RCMP would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone who ventures out on the water to follow proper safety precautions and help prevent a tragedy.
Whether you are heading out on the water this weekend, or plan to make boating part of your summer routine, the RCMP wants you to keep these tips in mind:
– Be prepared – Take a boating course to obtain your Operator Card. Inspect your boat and gear to ensure it is operating properly. And remember to check the weather before heading out on the water as conditions can change quickly and place you and any passengers in danger.
– Wear a life jacket – In an emergency situation, there often isn’t time to put on a life jacket. Wearing a life jacket gives you time to adjust to the emergency and allows you to assist others. Buckle up before getting on board.
– Be aware of your surroundings – Follow the boating laws and behave appropriately while out on the water. This includes knowing how to navigate your craft safely, understanding local hazards, learning the use of all safety equipment and being aware of all the other activities taking place. Have a spotter at the bow of the boat to watch out for rocks or dead-heads (logs). Slow down when other boaters or canoes are in the water, or when you’re passing by public or private beaches.
– Don’t cruise and booze – Operating a vessel while impaired is illegal and an offence under the Criminal Code.