The Canadian Lifesaving Society is reminding people to be prepared when they head out onto the water. Executive Advisor for the Alberta and Northwest Territories branch Barb Costache explains that during national drowning prevention week, it is important to remember the safety tips for getting in the boat.
“Drive moderately and responsibility, know the water that you are on. You should have a boat safety kit. If something happens, you can have some tools. You should also watch out for swimmers and boaters, don’t boat alone and stay seated.”
She adds that not wearing a life jacket on the water is a factor in over 80 per cent of boating deaths.
“Transport Canada, especially for motorized boats, have the pleasure craft card operator program. Operators need to learn the rules of the water and get trained. Boaters should boat sober. Alcohol is far too prevalent in the boating incidents and drowning incidents on the water.”
Costache explains that 500 Canadians die in preventable drownings each year.