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Boating Safety

After a long cold winter, it is understandable why so many Ontarians enjoy being out on the water in the summer. One of the best ways to spend a hot summer day is out on a boat, which is why one in five Canadian households own a recreational boat!  Whether you enjoy yachting, sailing, canoeing, ski-do’ing, or any other kind of boating, it is important to stay safe.

On average, about 100 Canadians die each summer from boating related deaths.

We should approach boating safety the same way with think about motor vehicle safety.

Here are some questions to think about before going out on the water:

Would you get into a car with a driver without a licence? Operators of recreational boats with a motion of 10 horsepower or more must have a proof of competency, such as a Pleasure Craft Operator Card.

Would you get into a car with a drunk driver? We all know the dangers of driver while under the influence of alcohol, and this also applies to boating. Alcohol is linked or suspected in 41% of all boating related deaths.

Would you ride in a car without a seatbelt? About 90% of people who drown in boating accidents were not wearing a personal flotation device (PFD) or a lifejacket. The safest thing to do is to wear a PFD or lifejacket at all times when boating – life jackets save lives!

There are many other aspects to ensure a safe boating trip, including diligent operation of a boat, good weather conditions, and ensuring all required safety equipment is on board.  

What should you do if you have been in a boating accident?

Unfortunately, not all boat operators ensure that their passengers will enjoy a safe boating trip. Even when all steps have been taken to ensure a safe trip, accidents can happen. If you have been involved in a boating accident, the experienced Ottawa injury lawyers at LMS can help you receive the compensation you are entitled to.

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