Recipients of the 2009 Boating Safety Class Contribution Program include:
- Royal Life Saving Society of Canada
- Canadian Safe Boating Council
- Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons
- Ontario Marine Operators Association
- Kayak Newfoundland and Labrador
- Conseil québécois du nautisme
Minister Baird also reminded Canadians of the following tips to stay safe on the water:
- Always wear a lifejacket and make sure your vessel is equipped with enough Canadian-approved lifejackets for each of your guests.
- Have proof of competency on board at all times.
- Do not drink and boat.
- Take a boating safety course.
- Carry the required safety equipment for your vessel such as paddles,bailer, flashlight, buoyant line, anchor etc.
- Keep clear of swimmers, divers and other vessels.
- Navigate your boat on the correct side of the buoy.
- Wear proper clothing and check the weather forecast before setting out.
Whether you're a boater, diver, angler, hunter or water sports enthusiast, there are rules and information Canadians should know before heading out on the water. For the latest information on how to stay safe on Canadian waters, visit www.boatingsafety.gc.ca.
Safe Boating Awareness Week runs from May 16-22. For more information, please visit the Canadian Safe Boating Council's website at www.csbc.ca.
For further information: Chris Day, Press Secretary, Office of Transport Minister John Baird, Ottawa, (613) 991-0700; Media Relations, Transport Canada, Ottawa, (613) 993-0055; Transport Canada is online at www.tc.gc.ca. Subscribe to news releases and speeches at www.tc.gc.ca/e-news and keep up to date on the latest from Transport Canada. This news release may be made available in alternative formats for persons with visual disabilities.