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Boating Safety

Minimum Safety Equipment Required for the Size and Type of your Pleasure Craft as per: The Small Vessel Regulations set out the minimum safety equipment required on board a pleasure craft according to its type and length. To determine the length of your pleasure craft, refer to your manufacturer's product information or measure it yourself - from the forward end of the foremost outside surface of the hull shell to the after end of the aftermost outside surface of the hull shell. To find out the minimum safety equipment requirements for your pleasure craft, select the appropriate category:

Human-powered pleasure craft (including canoes, kayaks, Row-boats and rowing shells) Personal Lifesaving Appliances

1. One (1) Canadian-approved personal flotation device or lifejacket of appropriate size for each person on board Note: A personal flotation device or lifejacket carried on board a human-powered pleasure craft operated in whitewater must be inherently buoyant.

2. One (1) buoyant heaving line at least 15 m (49’3”) long

3. One (1) re-boarding device   Note: A re-boarding device is only required if the vertical height that must be climbed to re-board the pleasure craft from the water is over 0.5 m (1’8”). Visual Signals -  Only required if the pleasure craft is over 6 m4. One (1) water tight flashlight5. Six (6) Canadian-approved flares of Type A (Rocket Parachute), B (Multi-Star) or C (Hand) Note: Flares are not required for a pleasure craft that: ·        is operating on a river, canal or lake in which it can never be more than one (1) nautical mile (1.852 km) from shore; or·        has no sleeping quarters and is engaged in an official competition or in final preparation for an official competition. Vessel Safety Equipment

6. One (1) bailer or manual bilge pump or Bilge-pumping arrangements Note: A bailer or manual bilge pump is not required for a pleasure craft that cannot hold enough water to make it capsize or a pleasure craft that has watertight compartments that are sealed and not readily accessible. Navigation equipment

7. One (1) sound-signaling device that meets applicable standards. Pleasure craft 12 m (39’4”) or greater in length must have a fitted whistle. Pleasure craft less than 12 m (39’4”) in length need a sound-signalling device if they are not fitted with a sound-signalling appliance. The sound-signalling device can be a pealess whistle, compressed gas horn or an electric horn

8. Navigation lights are only required if the pleasure craft is operated after sunset, before sunrise, or in periods of restricted visibility (fog, falling snow, etc.).  For a human-powered vessel, this requirement can be met with a watertight flashlight

9. One (1) magnetic compass - Note: A magnetic compass is not required if the pleasure craft is 8 m (26’3”) or less and is operated within sight of seamarks (navigation marks)

10. One (1) Radar Reflector is required under certain conditions - (Vessels less than 20 m (65’7”) in length or that are constructed primarily of non-metallic materials must have radar reflectors, unless they are not essential to the safety of the vessel, or the small size of the vessel or its operation away from radar navigation makes compliance impractical. If properly positioned, they help larger, less maneuverable vessels detect your presence on their radar screens. They should be located above all superstructures and at least 4 m (13”1’) above the water (if possible).





Fill out a sail plan for every boating trip that you take and leave it behind

 with someone that you know is responsible. Upon your return, be sure to

immediately get in touch with your appointed contact that you had given

your sail plan to earlier.   Forgetting to do so can result in an

unwarranted search for you.


Owners name ____________________________________

Address _____________________________________________

Telephone _______________ Emergency No _______________

Boats Name ____________Reg. __________________________

Power ___________________ Sail ________________________

Size and type _________________ Color ____________________

Hull ________________Deck _______________ Cabin ________

Type of Engine _________________ Other _________________

Radio monitored _______HF _________VHF _______MF______

MMSI (Maritime Mobile Service ID) _______________________

Satellite or cellular number _____________________________



Safety Equipment on board 



Life-rafts __________ Dinghy or small boat _________________

Color____ Flares______________ Lifejackets or PDF`s ________

Other safety equipment___________________________________


Search and Rescue telephone number ______________________



Trip Details 


Date of departure ____________________Time_____________

Leaving from ______________ Destination__________________

Proposed route ____________________ E.T.A________________

Stop over point ____________________Number on Board _______


Have a safe trip!                   

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