Boating Safety Blog

What to do if your boat runs aground

December 15, 2022

Running aground is one of the most common boating accidents. Largely due to poor nautical chart reading, shallow waters and uncertain weather conditions, these accidents can happen in a matter of seconds. Should you find yourself in this situation, the National Boating Safety School explains what to do when your boat runs aground. 1. Assess Read more ›

How to Read a Marine Chart

December 5, 2022

When boating, the ability to read a nautical chart allows you to orient yourself on the open waters. This is a prerequisite for all boat operators to avoid being stranded. To help you understand nautical marine charts, the National Boating Safety School explains what you need to know. How important is reading a nautical chart Read more ›

Everything to know about boat trim

December 1, 2022

Trim is an essential part of a boat’s operation, especially for powerboats using an outboard motor. As part of the process of obtaining a boat license and before hitting the water, you need to understand how trim works and how to use it.   What is boat trim? The trim is an electronically controlled part Read more ›

How Does a Boat Float?

November 25, 2022

The question of how a boat floats is one most of us have asked ourselves at some point, particularly when seeing massive cargo ships gliding serenely across the water. The answer is actually quite simple, and follows basic physical and structural principles. In this article, the National Boating Safety School explains the principles that govern Read more ›

What Are the Different Types of Diving Flags and What Do They Mean?

November 20, 2022

In Canada, diving usually takes place during the summer, when the water is warmer and favours the discovery of local aquatic wildlife. Unfortunately, this delightful activity can also be a dangerous one, particularly because divers are usually sharing the waterways with plenty of boaters. To minimize the risk of accidents, Transport Canada has implemented regulations Read more ›

How to Become a Boat Captain in Canada

September 21, 2022

Ship’s Captain is as much a dream job as it is a job of the future. Boating around the world and constantly interacting with diverse cultures, the sea captain remains, in the popular mind, a profession of excellence. Although this image of “captain” reigns supreme in our minds, we tend to overlook the complex and Read more ›

How to Measure a Boat Propeller

September 14, 2022

The propeller is the part of the boat that is most in contact with the water. As a result, it is  the one part of the boat that is most likely to degrade quickly due to the mechanics of the engine or the salinity of the water. Before considering any change, it is important to Read more ›

The Importance of EPIRBs and PLBs While Boating in Canada

September 7, 2022

Boating is an activity that requires all the right conditions to be enjoyed. However, marine hazards can still happen. Whether we’re talking about weather changes or human error, boating accidents are sometimes closer than we think. That’s why marine safety and survival equipment is mandatory on all boats and pleasure crafts. To help you better Read more ›

Strong Wind Warnings While Boating

August 22, 2022

Whether you are a beginner or an expert at sea, it is sometimes difficult to predict the onset of high or strong winds during your boating adventure. Maritime safety institutions provide information on how to be warned at all times before, during and after your journeys. In this article, you will find out what types Read more ›

Boat Safely with Reboarding Devices

August 15, 2022

A reboarding device is a necessary safety feature for boats, regardless of if you plan to swim out on the water. For the navigation of Canadian waters, the boating safety experts at the National Boating Safety School explain the importance of boat reboarding devices. What is a reboarding device? A reboarding device is a safety device. Read more ›

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