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Tips for Boating Through a Lock

Tips for Boating Through a Lock

By: John Gullick, AP CPS-ECP Manager of Government and Special Programs For those of you planning to take advantage of Parks Canada’s free lockage this season to celebrate Canada’s 150th we thought some lock tips would be useful. These notes on how to lock through are taken from the CPS-ECP Boating Basics Course: Where there is … Continue reading

Wear It !

Wear It !

“It happened so quickly. One minute you’re having the most fun of your life, the next minute you’re struggling for your life.” That was Dave Kimpinski’s comment after nearly drowning in a boating accident. Dave and his young son, Curtis, were pulling Dave’s niece Amanda on an inflatable tube with their small outboard powered boat. … Continue reading

Take a Boating Skills Course

Take a Boating Skills Course

Many years ago, a law was passed in Canada requiring that operators of powered recreational boats have a basic level of boating knowledge. Providers developed courses and tests and a proof of competency “card” was issued to those who successfully completed the test. Called the Pleasure Craft Operator’s Card or PCOC, it is a first step … Continue reading

Chilling Facts of Cold Water

Chilling Facts of Cold Water

Hypothermia. Say it out loud and it’s an unpleasant sounding word. But it has a simple meaning. It’s when the core of your body drops to abnormally low body temperatures and if it goes too low and for too long eventually your heart can stop. Many Canadian boaters are aware of hypothermia but most are … Continue reading

Be Prepared

Be Prepared

It’s a beautiful day; the sun is shining and you’ve just launched your boat for the start of another season on the water. And the thoughts of that tough winter just past are quickly forgotten. Everyone’s on board, excited about the day ahead, so off you go. The day unfolds as you had hoped it … Continue reading

If you Drink, Don’t Drive

If you Drink, Don’t Drive

When the Canadian Safe Boating Council speaks to Canadian boaters each year about the dangers of drinking and boating, there is no gentle way to do it. The motto on the road is “if you drink, don’t drive”. It’s the same on the water. And so are the laws. First and foremost, a boat is … Continue reading

Tips for installing a GPS on your boat

Tips for installing a GPS on your boat

The most critical part of a GPS installation is the antenna. It should be installed where it can get a clear view of the sky and not be in the shadow of obstructions. The antenna should be in an area where it will be minimally affected by multi-pathing; that is receiving unwanted reflected signals from … Continue reading

Six Tips for Group Cruising and Rafting

Six Tips for Group Cruising and Rafting

Frequently Ask Questions  1. Do I get charged for not cancelling a marina reservation? Most Marinas understand that poor weather or mechanical breakdowns can interfere with plans. Marinas do expect to be notified immediately if your plans change and most do not charge for not showing. Some marinas maintain a record of NO SHOWs though, … Continue reading

Carbon Monoxide Awareness for Boaters

Carbon Monoxide Awareness for Boaters

Carbon monoxide can come from anything that burns a carbon-based fuel (gasoline, propane, charcoal, oil etc.) It can be created by engines, gas generators, cooking ranges, heaters etc. CO acts a lot like air. It doesn’t rise or fall, but spreads evenly throughout an enclosed space and is very toxic. It can cause headache, dizziness, … Continue reading