February 2023 - National Boating Safety School

Boat Radar Reflector Requirements

February 28, 2023

When it comes to safety at sea, boat radar reflectors are key for improving visibility and reducing the risk of collision. Marine radar reflectors help small boats by making them visible to larger vessels. When installed correctly, a boat radar reflects radio waves back to the radar platforms of other boats, making the smaller boat Read more ›

How can boat operators avoid causing damage with their wake and wash?

February 10, 2023

The ‘wake’ is the trail of waves caused by a boat as it moves through the water. The ‘wash’ (also called whirlpool or eddy) is the circular churning of water created by the boat’s back propeller. Both phenomena can cause environmental damage and endanger other boats. It is important to try to minimize the impact Read more ›

How to Safely Navigate a Narrow Channel While Boating

February 9, 2023

Narrow channel navigation Navigating a narrow channel can be a perilous endeavour, even for a seasoned skipper. Reduced visibility makes narrow channels particularly delicate to navigate. This is especially true for larger vessels. Due to dramatically reduced manoeuverability, navigating a narrow channel can represent a danger for both the navigator and for the pleasure craft. Read more ›

What is a Boat Compliance Notice?

February 8, 2023

If you own a boat, you need a boat compliance notice. A compliance notice is issued by the manufacturer or importer. It certifies that the vessel meets the standards set out in the Government of Canada’s Small Vessel Regulations. Manufacturers and importers are responsible for preparing and providing the document. We explain the contents and Read more ›

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