Boating in Canada

Special Buoys and Flags

Boating Restriction Signs Boating Restriction Signs are framed in orange and the symbol on the sign indicates the type of restriction that applies. If the sign is arrow shaped, the restriction applies...

Boating in Rivers, Canals, and Shipping Lanes

River Navigation Operating a pleasure craft or PWC on a river is different than operating on an open waterway. Boating in rivers presents its own unique hazards and conditions. Some rivers may exhibi...

Distress Signals

Understanding and Using Distress Signals Pleasure craft operators must be able to recognize, use and properly exhibit distress signals as required by the Small Vessel Regulations. Depending on the si...

Collisions and Abandoning Ship

Collisions If your craft has been involved in a collision, perform the following: Step 1) Ensure that everyone is wearing a life jacket or PFD. Step 2) Visually and/or verbally confirm that all passe...

Day Beacons

Day Beacons are signs posted on land or water. They are without lights and are intended for daytime use only. Day Beacons use the same colours as the Lateral System and are typically used as channel o...

Lock Navigation and Boating in Unique Waterways

Lock Navigation A lock is a physical structure of gates that enables vessels to travel between two bodies of water that are of different elevations. Boats enter the lock from one body of water (vessel...

Boating in Rough Water

Handling Rough Water Conditions When boating in rough water you should adjust your boat’s speed as appropriate to the water conditions. Slow down and use caution. Adjust your speed so that the bow...

Using a Pre-departure Checklist

Pre-Departure Checklist Completing a Pre-Departure Checklist before getting underway is an excellent way to avoid unsuitable operating conditions and reduce the risk of a breakdown. You should always ...

Using a Trip Plan

What is a Trip Plan? A trip plan (also known as a float plan or sail plan) is a document that outlines your expected travel itinerary while on the water. A trip plan should be given to a responsible p...

Swamping or Sinking

Hull Leaks and Flooding Striking underwater hazards such as a submerged rock, sunken island, shoal or deadhead may cause serious damage to your craft resulting in a breach of the hull. If the hull of ...