Boating Safety Blog

Port and Starboard: What They Mean and How to Remember

December 26, 2021

If you’re interested in boating, you’ve probably heard the terms port and starboard before. Wondering what these words mean? You’ve come to the right place. In this article, the boating safety experts at the NBSS break down the meaning and origins of the terms, explain why they are so important, and provide a few tricks Read more ›

Recognizing Marine Buoys and Markers in Canada

December 12, 2021

Buoys and markers are floating devices that are used to guide boats on the water and provide important navigational information. Also called floating aids to navigation, they come in many colours and patterns, each of which have their own meaning. Since buoys help ensure the safety of vessels at sea, in shipping lanes and near Read more ›

How to Clean a Boat Fuel Tank

October 26, 2021

If you own a motorboat, cleaning the fuel tank should be part of your regular maintenance routine. Cleaning the fuel tank is also recommended before putting your boat in storage for an extended period of time (e.g., over the winter). A fuel tank contaminated with dirt or debris can seriously damage your boat’s propulsion system. Read more ›

How to Anchor a Boat: Canadian Rules and Requirements

Anchoring a boat may seem like a fairly simple concept, but there are several factors that must be taken into account. Anchoring must be done safely so that the boat doesn’t drift or capsize. There are also regulations set forth by the Canadian government regarding acceptable anchorage locations and navigation lights. Read on for a Read more ›

How to Winterize Outboard and Inboard Boat Motors

October 12, 2021

The winterizing process involves several simple tasks that motorboat owners should carry out as the unforgiving weather of winter approaches. In this article, find out why it’s important to winterize a boat motor and how to go about it. There are two distinct types of boat motors, outboard and inboard, so we’ll cover the winterizing Read more ›

The Rules to Follow when Buying a Boat

It’s often said that buying your first boat is the best day of your life. Unfortunately, an impulsive purchase that is not made with care can quickly turn into a nightmare. In this article, find out which rules to follow when buying a boat to give yourself the best chance of making an informed, sensible Read more ›

How to Tow a Boat

August 26, 2021

How to Tow a Boat Is your boat your way of getting away from it all? With a boat trailer, you have even more freedom, because you can boat on any body of water that’s accessible by road. Before setting off on your adventure, take the time to learn how to use a boat trailer Read more ›

Pleasure Craft Registration Rules

August 24, 2021

Are you a pleasure craft owner wondering whether you need to register your vessel? You’ve come to the right place! In this article, find out what vessel registration is, when it is required, and what steps to follow to register your boat. This article also explains the difference between vessel registration, the pleasure craft license Read more ›

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 ›


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