BOATsmart! Canada
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Module 02 - Boating Rules, Regulations, and Equipment

Boat Operator Responsibilities

 

AS A BOAT OPERATOR IN CANADA, YOU ARE LEGALLY RESPONSIBLE FOR:

  • Equipping yourself, your passengers (guests) and your boat with the right equipment.
  • Operating your boat in a safe and courteous manner
  • Ensuring the safety of your passengers (guests) and other boaters on the water.

Failure to follow any of the above may result in fines and/or penalties.

 

Using Common Courtesy 

Hopefully this goes without saying, but be a courteous boater every time you hit the lake. Why? Well, it’s the law - you are required by law to operate your boat in a safe and courteous manner. This means using common sense, taking responsibility for your actions and always considering the following factors: 

  • Your distance from shore
  • Water and wind speed conditions
  • Visibility conditions
  • Local hazards and obstructions
  • The amount of boat traffic in the vicinity
  • Your boat’s handling characteristics and capabilities
  • Your level of skill and experience
  • Posted speed limits

 

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