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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...

Red Right Returning

‘Red Right Returning’ Many boaters are not certain on which side of a marker buoy they should pass. A simple way to remember is to use the Red Right Returning memory aid ‘Red Right Returning’ ...

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...

Boat Navigation at Night

Boat Navigation at Night: Head-on Approach If you meet a vessel and see a green, red and white light, you are approaching another power-driven vessel head-on. In this situation neither vessel has th...

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 ...

Operating a Personal Watercraft

Handling a Personal Watercraft Operating a personal watercraft (PWC) is a fun, fast way to enjoy recreational boating! However, PWCs are a different type of watercraft and their handling characteristi...

Mooring, Anchoring, and Boat Docking Procedures

Boat Docking Procedures Just like parking your car in a busy parking lot, docking your boat at a busy marina presents opportunities for your boat to get damaged. Additionally, the weather conditions w...