Safety Tips While Boating in Ontario

a sail boat on the lake

Renting a boat to spend time on the lakes of Ontario is a great way to relax or have fun with friends and family. The boat could be used for lounging on, fishing, or doing water sports. The number one important thing to remember while boating on Manitoulin Island is safety for yourself and anyone else involved. Here are some of the top safety tips to remember while boating in Ontario.

Do not drink and operate watercraft 

As with any type of vehicle, you should never have consumed alcohol before will be operating the boat, seadoo, kayak, etc. Whether the vessel you’re using has an engine or not, the person driving it cannot have alcohol in their system. This is for the safety of everyone on board and others in the water.

If you plan on having a fun day on the water on Manitoulin Island and with drinks being involved at some point in the day, consider booking one of our captain’s services and have your own personal captain take you and your group out for a day on the water.

Ensure everyone on board has a fitted life jacket

Life jackets aren’t called life jackets for no reason; they can make all the difference in the safety of watercraft passengers in case anything unexpected happens. Everyone on board the board should have a life jacket that is in good shape and fits correctly.

No matter how good of a swimmer someone might think they are, bodies of water can be very unexpected and have rougher conditions below surface level, such as low temperature or strong currents that even the best swimmers can struggle with.

Life jackets need to fit correctly and have a tag showing it’s approved by Transports Canada, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, or the Canadian Coast Guard.

Have all the necessary safety items on the boat

In case of any type of emergency, it’s essential to ensure that you are prepared with the necessary safety items you should have on any boat. The items required may vary by the type of boat and the size of the boat, so ensure to do your research so you can make sure you have everything needed.

Some required items may include life jackets, a first aid kit, a signaling device, a paddle, a bucket, etc.

Plan and prepare ahead of time

Before going out on the water, some things are necessary to do for the safety of everyone involved.

Plan out where you’ll be boating and make sure people know where you’ll be boating to and when they can expect you to return. Check out the weather ahead of time, so you know if you need to be prepared for rougher conditions. Make a list of all the people on board and their emergency contact information if it’s needed.

How Island Time Boat Rentals Can Help 

Island Time Boat Rentals offers a variety of watercraft rentals, such as pontoon boats, kayaks, fishing boats, seadoos, and much more. These rentals are kept in good shape, and we provide lifejackets for adults and children. If you are interested in boating on the Manitoulin Island lakes, you can book a rental online today or contact us!

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