Safety

Capsezed Canoe

When on the water, your safety should never be taken for granted. Each year, 166 people in Canada drown while boating. 87% of these people are either not wearing lifejackets/PFDs (Personal Flotation Devices) or are not wearing them correctly.

A countless number of things can cause a canoe to capsize. These include wakes from motorboats, waves, leaning overboard, leaks, standing up in the canoe, etc. Don’t take chances: protect yourself and the people in your canoe.

According to Transport Canada, “The safety equipment … must be on board, in good working order and always easy to reach so that it can be used in an emergency.” All canoes are required to have at least one Canadian-approved lifejacket or PFD for everyone, one buoyant rope that’s at least 15 m (49’3”) long and a bailer.