GET YOUR PLEASURE CRAFT OPERATORS CARD TODAY! Better Boating makes our waters safer one boater at a time! In business since 1999, we’re one of the oldest and most reputable companies in this field, period. You must carry your P.C.O.C onboard at all times it’s the LAW! You must also carry your vessel licence and identification.
and wind when a operating around docks and locks. Pay particular attention, when operating on or near rivers after a heavy rainfall!
continues to be associated with the vast majority of drownings in small open boats. According to a Red Cross report, 90% of drowning victims were not wearing a P.F.D.
THEY ARE ONLY TO BE USED IN EMERGENCIES. Always read the manufacturer’s instructions before using flares and remember they expire four years after the date of manufacture.
Before departing on any trip remember the one third fuel rule: one third out, one third back and keep one third in reserve.
1. Put it on and fasten it properly 2. Walk into chest high water 3. Bend your knees 4. Then float on your back and make sure that the device keeps your chin above the water so that you are able to breathe easily.
always perform regular required maintenance, be sure to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations.
make sure the drain plug is in place. Disconnect the trailer lights. Attach a line to the boat and launch the boat. Once the boat is free and clear of the trailer go through your pre departure check list. To avoid an accidental injury, never start your engines until after the motor is in the water.
Water skiing, tubing and wake boarding can be an enjoyable way to spend an afternoon. When towing a person there must be a spotter and a 3rd seat for the [...]
for these signals indicating a need of assistance. Remember you are obligated by law to render assistance as long as it safe to do so.
Use a VHF (Very High Frequency) radio to call for the need of assistance. A VHF radio is the best way of communicating between two or more vessels when on the water. Currently, all VHF marine radio operators must have a Restricted Operator Certificate (ROC) to obtain this license contact Industry Canada.
have an opening of at least 65 sq. cm (10 sq. inch) and be made of plastic or metal. Manual bilge pumps must have sufficient hose to discharge water over the side of the boat.
If you find yourself in cold water assume the HEAT ESCAPE LESSENING POSITION (H.E.L.P.). This position will help reduce heat loss from the head, armpits and groin area.
(1 sec.) and alters course to starboard. B blows one short blast (1 sec.) and alters course to starboard.
“I want to pass you on your port side” 2 short blasts (1 sec.) “Proceed” 2 short blasts (1 sec.) International Rules “I am altering my course to port” 2 short blasts (1 sec.) Great Lakes Rules “I want to pass you on your port side” 2 short blasts (1 sec.) “Proceed” 2 short blasts (1 sec.) International Rules “I am altering my course to port” 2 short blasts (1 sec.)
PORT means -The left side of a boat when looking forward. STARBOARD means – The right side of a boat when looking forward. BOW means – The front of the boat, generally the pointy end. STERN means -The after part of a pleasure craft, the back end of the boat.