April 2024 - National Boating Safety School

Understanding Hull Identification Numbers in Canada

April 29, 2024

As of August 1, 1981, all pleasure craft built in or imported into Canada are required to have a unique 12-digit Hull Identification Number. This ID number, also known as a serial number, must be permanently affixed to the vessel according to set rules. All boats in Canada must have a unique Hull Serial Number, including Read more ›

Requirements of a Manual Water Pump: What You Need to Know

April 5, 2024

A manual water pump is an important piece of boating safety equipment. In fact, Canada’s Small Vessel Regulations stipulate that it is legally required that you carry a specific size of manual water pump on most types of boats.  What is a manual water pump? A manual water pump, also known as a manual bilge Read more ›

What is a Transom on a Boat?

The transom is the thick, flat area at the stern of modern boats. Its size and shape will vary according to the type of boat. Transoms can be square, round, large, small, etc. What is the transom for? The transom serves several purposes: Boat Structure: It supports the structure of your boat and strengthens the Read more ›

How to Avoid Boat Pollution: Clean Boating in Canada

Canada has strict rules regarding pollution linked with recreational boating. The Oceans Act protects marine environments, including inland waters (a surface area of approximately 2.5 million square kilometres). Other sets of laws protect areas of freshwater, such as the Species At Risk Act. Find out what you can and cannot do with your waste, and Read more ›

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