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All Aboard – Boating Safety

by Insurance Brokers Association of Nova Scotia
on June 25, 2015 at 3:26 pm

Many Canadians associate boating with summer, so recreational boaters need to be prepared before heading out on the water.

  • In Canada, you are required to hold a Pleasure Craft Operator Card to operate a boat. This license ensures you understand all of the rules of the water and how to properly operate a vessel.
  • It is important that you understand all of the laws and principles of the waters you plan to boat on. The driver of the boat must also have an understanding of boating safety knowledge.
  • Make sure your boat insurance policy is up-to-date each summer. Talk to your broker to make sure you understand all of the risks of owning and operating your boat and what type of protection against physical damage and liability is in place.
  • Consider the visibility, wind, water temperature, water traffic and possible hazards BEFORE you take off for a trip on the water. Proper preparation in advance is key to a safe ride.
  • Always operate your boat at a safe speed.
  • The law requires that your boat be equipped with a Canadian approved lifejacket or personal floatation device (PFD) that is appropriate for each person on board.
  • Never operate a boat under the influence of alcohol. When you drink and drive on the water, the same serious, life threatening possibilities exist that do on the road. Boating while impaired is an offence under the Criminal Code of Canada.

Follow these tips and have a safe summer.

Insurance Brokers Association of Nova Scotia The Insurance Brokers Association of Nova Scotia (IBANS) is a not-for-profit trade association serving the interests of more than 1100 property and casualty insurance brokers in the province. Since 1949 IBANS has worked with its members to ensure they have the tools and knowledge necessary to best serve consumers. Governed by a board of directors drawn from its membership the Association is the voice of brokers in Nova Scotia and a member of the Insurance Brokers Association of Canada (IBAC).

Insurance Brokers Association of Nova Scotia

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