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Boating Safety In Newfoundland And Labrador

Boating is one of the nicest ways to enjoy Newfoundland and Labrador in the summer –not to mention, it gives you some of the best views of our beautiful province’s coastline. Whether you’re cruising on a sailboat or cod jigging on a dinghy, remember these key safety guidelines:

Always have the proper gear and equipment on board

  1. Each person on board must wear a well-fitting lifejacket or personal flotation device
  2. Each vessel should carry a floating tow line [greater than 15 metres (m) long]; sound signal; and waterproof flashlight or flares
  3. Other useful items to have on board in case of emergency include a paddle or anchor with over 15 m of rope, cable or chain; a bailer or water pump; and a fire extinguisher
  4. The operator of the boat should have passed an accredited boating safety test and have a pleasure Craft Operator Card

Be cognizant of the weather

  1. Check the forecast before heading out on the water
  2. Monitor the weather throughout the trip
  3. Ensure you have proper visibility to navigate

Plan your trip

  1. Research the area you’re taking the boat and ensure you are aware of any water hazards or navigational difficulties
  2. prepare a pre-departure check list and sail plan

Do not…

  1. Mix boating and alcohol – impaired boating is as serious as impaired driving and can result in a criminal charge
  2. Operate a boat at fast speeds

If you were injured in a boating accident due to someone else's negligence, contact us to learn about your options.