With summer weather arriving early to the Maritimes, many people are now
heading out to lakes and cottages where they will be hitting the water in
With so many people venturing out on the water, it's a good time to remember
and refresh some of the basic safety rules of swimming and boating.
Every year there are drownings and/or reports of near-drownings in the
province, diving accidents and other preventable injuries and deaths.
According to the Canadian Red Cross, ten years of research across Canada
shows that the vast majority of boaters who die - whether in powered or
unpowered boats ‹ have neglected basic principles of boating safety such as
always wearing a flotation device, using protective equipment against cold
immersion, and verifying weather conditions such as wind, waves, and water
It is probable that most victims failed to obtain appropriate training in
boating safety, and that many had inadequate swimming skills to cope with
Our hope is that people will take the steps needed to follow the basic
safety rules this summer.
Summer boating tragedies, though rare, still do happen, leading to tragic
deaths that are completely preventable.
So enjoy the summer and all that it brings, but be safe and follow the rules
when on the water.
Your life could depend on it.