Marker Buoy

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...

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...

The Lateral Navigation System

The Lateral System The Lateral Navigation System is used to mark the most preferred and safest routes. Consisting of red and green buoys, this system marks the course of deepest water and indic...

Cardinal Buoys

The Cardinal System There are numerous marker and buoy systems in Canada. The two main ones to be aware of as a boater are the Lateral System and the Cardinal System. Let’s take a closer look at the...

Aids to Navigation

An important part of the BOATsmart!® online safe boating course is understanding aids to navigation. These are the system of buoys and markers that assist a boater in determining their position...