May 11, 2016
North American Safe Boating Awareness Week 2016 is winding up this weekend but keep the message in mind all season long.
The May long weekend has traditionally been considered by many as the unofficial start of the Canadian boating season. Since 1992, the Canadian Safe Boating Council has been striving to remind boaters before they head out on the water of the following 5 key points:
1. Always wear your life jacket or PFD
2. Don’t drink & boat.
3. Take a boating course
4. Be prepared; both you and your boat
5. Be knowledgeable of the risks of cold water immersion
Photo: The Kerrwil Publications main office team and two canine mascots, wearing their lifejackets to work in support of Safe Boating Awareness Week.
Photos: L to R – Terri Hodgson, Michelle McKerness, Pam Zimmerman, Elissa Campbell, Eileen Walsh. In front: Molly and Sophia
What’s really gratifying is that we’re making a difference. The statistics reporting boating-related accidents and fatalities is steadily decreasing!
We need you to help us spread this messaging by reaching out to your fellow Canadian boaters both directly through your own organizations and through the media…and it’s easier than you think.
The Safe Boating Awareness Week web pages on the CSBC site contain a wealth of Radio PSAs, TVPSAs, timely articles, magazine ads and more. As they are all copyright free, you can either incorporate into your own internal communications or approach your local Community Television station, Radio station or weekly Community Newspaper.
To learn more about this year’s campaign and view the materials that are available copyright free for your use, click here We also encourage you to spend some time with our Volunteer E-Guide that provides a step-by-step guide to help you with all your volunteer activities.