The DRP Marine Unit was out on Lake Scugog on August 6 patrolling the waters and making sure boaters and swimmers are using safe practices while enjoying summer. With temperatures warming up, the DRP would like to remind anyone participating in water activities to be safe and smart when it comes to water recreation.
When boating, make sure you do not drink because you may get a three, seven or 30 day drivers licence suspension. For boaters caught exceeding 0.08% BAC (Blood Alcohol Concentration), an immediate 90 day driver’s license suspension will take effect.
Be sure to always wear a life jacket. Eighty per cent of all boating fatalities are a result of a person not using a PFD (Personal Floatation Device). Also, be sure to bring proper boating equipment (floating heavy line, flares, flashlight, paddles, anchor etc.) Prior to your boating trip, check the weather forecast to be sure no storms are on their way. Also, plan your route ahead so you don’t get lost.
Get your Pleasure Craft Operators Card. Operators of powered recreation boats are required by law to have basic boating knowledge. For a list of course providers, please visit www.boatingsafety.gc.ca
When swimming, it’s important to never swim alone or unsupervised, in case of an emergency. It’s always good to have somebody with you in case you get sick or get cramps. Also, be aware of warning signs and make sure you only swim in designated areas.
If you are a new swimmer, make sure you do not go too far into the lake, and make sure your feet can always touch the ground. If you are a strong swimmer, know who is around you and look out for those who may not be strong swimmers. Stay at your own comfort level and never try to compete with others.
For more information, please visit Transport Canada’s website.
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