Boating Safety Blog



Boating Distress Signals

August 2, 2021

Whether you are a pleasure boater on a small craft or an experienced captain commanding a commercial vessel, it’s essential to be familiar with marine distress signals. With that in mind, we decided to create a guide to visual, audio and radio distress signals. Here are the most efficient ways to signal that your crew Read more ›

When to use navigation lights

In boating, navigation lights are part of the safety equipment required on board a boat. The lights required vary depending on the size and type of boat. Whether you are a pleasure boater or a professional, you need to understand the importance of displaying the correct navigation lights at the right time. In this article, Read more ›

An overview of the Collision Regulations in Canada

June 30, 2021

Pleasure craft operators must boat safely at all times and share the waterways in a manner that does not create dangerous situations for other boaters, swimmers, divers, wildlife and the environment in general. There are many laws, regulations and codes pleasure craft operators must follow in order to minimize the risk of boating accidents, including Read more ›

Required boating safety equipment on pleasure crafts

June 25, 2021

By law, when operating a pleasure craft, you must have your pleasure craft operator card and certain boating safety equipment with you at all times. Specific equipment requirements vary depending on the type of boat: Human-powered pleasure craft Pleasure craft up to 6 m (19’8”) Pleasure craft over 6 m and up to 9 m Read more ›

How do inboard boat engines work?

June 4, 2021

If you’re considering getting a motorboat to spend your summer on the water, you probably already know that there are a few different types of engines to choose from. Some motorboats have outboard engines, while others are equipped with inboard engines. Each type has its own advantages and disadvantages and is suited for different boating Read more ›

How to dock a boat

June 1, 2021

Are you nervous about docking your boat in a marina with dozens of boaters watching? Do you just want to learn how to dock your new boat without damaging it? Regardless of what your reasons are for wanting to learn how to dock a boat, simply follow the 4-step docking procedure outlined in this article. Read more ›

About the National Boating Safety School

September 30, 2014

The National Boating Safety School The National Boating Safety School (NBSS) was established as a result of the new federal law stating that as of September 15th 2009, all pleasure craft operators must have proof of their competency. To be faithful to the initial program of Transport Canada, which is to educate pleasure craft operators Read more ›

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