CSBC News Splash June 2017
New Canadian Safe Boating Council Board elected

At the CSBC's Annual General Meeting on May 25, 2017, the following slate of Directors and officers was elected:

Chair: John Gullick
Vice Chair: Michael Vollmer
Secretary: Sue Daly (back-up Bob Minielly)
Treasurer: Denis Vallée
Past Chair: Jean Murray
Executive members at large : Ted Fortuna, Cynthia Hodgson
Returning Directors: Mal Blann, Barbara Byers, Rick Cassels, Michael Dean, Robert Dupel, Karen Harrington, Cynthia Hodgson, Larry Jacobs, Ron Kroeker, Bob Minielly, Brenda Reeve, Clara Reinhardt, Steve Wagner plus above Executive
New Directors: Peter Garapick, Jay Morrison, Alain Roy
Ex-officio observer: Richard Moore, Chair, U.S. National Safe Boating Council
CSBC Chair John Gullick thanked the Members of the Board for their contribution over the past year, and warmly welcomed the new Board members. The CSBC is a volunteer-based organization, and our growth as an influential and successful boating safety leader is thanks to the hard work and dedication of our Board, Committee Chairs and project leaders. The year ahead promises to be an exciting one, with new boating safety projects (see below), the roll-out of the CSBC's new boating safety APP, the Quebec City Symposium and new partnerships in the North. 

Download the CSBC's new Boating Safety App for Free!

The CSBC Boat Notes app:
by boaters, for boaters.
"In the beginning" the Canadian Safe Boating Council created Boat Notes, a precise focused overview of the most important things that a boater should know "before they go". Boat Notes, a simple three fold information piece, was not too comprehensive as to be confusing and not too light like boating safety PSA's. In the words of Goldilocks (of the three bears fame) Boat Notes was "just right".
Following close on the heels of the incredibly successful print version of Boat Notes, the CSBC has just launched the Boat Notes APP,  tailored "just right" for whatever kind of pleasure craft a boater is using. Boaters can make selections within the Boat Notes APP and receive information tailored to their needs. You can select vessel type and size  and find specific regulations that apply to each.

The Boat Note App enables a user to dive deeper into content for more a more interactive experience, and expands on information in way print cannot offer:
  • Quick Tips are available for reference on various topics including: lifejackets, sound signalling, flares and visual signals, buoyant heaving lines, lifebuoys, reboarding devices, fire extinguishers, bailers and bilge pumps, anchors, propelling devices and radar reflectors.
  • Detailed information is available on navigation lights, rules of the road and navigational aids.
  • To enhance the user experience the Boat Notes App offers comprehensive safety equipment checklists for pleasure craft and pre-departure checklists.
  • There is a full list of marine regulations for power boats, canoes and kayaks, personal watercraft, sailboats, paddle boats, sailboards and stand-up paddle boards.
  • The Boat Notes app also includes links to government marine forecasts, a Search feature in case you want to look for specific content, and a FAQ section covering everything from buying a boat to nautical charts.
Having all this boating knowledge in your pocket makes for easy quick reference and information that is "just right" for any boater's day on the water. Download it at:

Source: Jr. Canadian Rangers
Operation Life Preserver

The CSBC has received approval from Public Safety Canada for $847,627 in funding from the Search and Rescue New Initiatives Fund to improve boating safety in the North over the next three years.

The CSBC has been responsible for the research, development and delivery of cold water boating safety programs like Cold Water Boot Camp, Beyond Cold Water Boot Camp, Cold Water Workshops and Cold Water Instructor Workshops.  With that proven experience, the CSBC has an understanding of the type of environmental conditions facing boaters in Canada's North and the importance of wearing lifejackets.

CSBC also has recent and relevant expertise focusing specifically on motivators and barriers to the wearing of lifejackets for boaters in the Far North with its work on the Canadian Safe Boating Campaign: from Coast to Coast to Coast, under Transport Canada's Boating Safety Contribution Program.

Operation Life Preserver will build on the relevant learning from our discussions in northern communities during the past year and will develop additional messaging and outreach strategies critical to helping residents who boat in the North reduce their risk of drowning.  A key partner is the Canadian Rangers.

The Rangers are ideally situated to help deliver Operation Life Preserver. Approximately 5,000 Canadian Rangers, who speak 26 dialects/languages, live in more than 200 communities spread across the remotest parts of Canada.

Building on the initial lifejacket awareness phase of the 2017 Canadian Safe Boating Campaign already underway, Operation Life Preserver will include some new components: cold water awareness, simple and inexpensive strategies to re-board a boat, making lifejackets more accessible, and defining strategies to create a more culturally sensitive delivery of the Pleasure Craft Operator Competency Program.

This project will take three years to initiate, grow and mature. It is expected that after the funding period of the program is over, the tools and teaching methods will be well established and substantially self-sustainable through an ongoing partnership between the CSBC and the Canadian Rangers.

SmartBoater Youth

The CSBC has received approval from Public Safety Canada for $539,383 in funding from the Search and Rescue New Initiatives Fund to train and engage young people in improving boating safety across Canada over the next three years.

SmartBoater Youth is a Canada-wide initiative that will start by educating Canadian youth about boating safety and how to prevent marine SAR incidents. The initial target group will be youth who have demonstrated an affinity for marine and outdoor activities through their participation in Scouting and Sea Cadets programs.

Once this initial target group of youth has been prepared for leadership among Canada's future recreational boaters, they will be provided with the tools and encouragement to take their newly-acquired knowledge to a second target market - their communities - and teach others, including friends, families, schoolmates through clubs and classroom presentations, and neighbours who boat recreationally.

As the Smartboater Youth program ramps up, the "force multiplier" effect of their taking messaging into their communities is expected to bring effective boating safety and SAR awareness information  to hundreds of thousands of Canadians, leading to safer Canadian boaters and resulting in a reduction in future SAR response.

Smartboater Youth aligns perfectly with the Scouts' well-known directive to "Be Prepared." The Scouts' vision of the importance of making a meaningful contribution to creating a better world provides a powerful incentive for the Scouts, both individually and as an organization, to make spreading the boating safety message an ongoing priority.

Like the Scouts, the Sea Cadets program places a high priority on instilling in its members qualities of leadership, teamwork and good citizenship - including community involvement -    which will ensure vigorous cadet participation in the outreach phase of Smartboater Youth.

To further extend this program, CSBC will plan and execute a media campaign to promote and leverage SAR prevention messages to the general public.

Join us in Quebec City!

Exciting new speakers have been confirmed for the CSBC Symposium in Quebec City! Pania Shingleton from Maritime New Zealand and Nicole Botherway from Waikato Regional Council will be presenting on boating safety initiatives in New Zealand.

Join us in Quebec City from September 17 - 19, 2017.
Click here for more information.

Canada-U.S. Memorandum of Understanding 
to Strengthen Boating Safety Collaboration

In the October 2016 News Splash we reported on the signature of an updated MOU between the Canadian Safe Boating Council and the U.S. National Safe Boating Council (NSBC) at the Yellowknife Symposium. CSBC Chair John Gullick and NSBC Chair Richard Moore re-signed the agreement in a U.S. ceremony at the International Boating and Water Safety Summit in St. Petersburg, Florida on 24 April. The CSBC and the NSBC have greatly benefitted from working closely together through such joint initiatives as North American Safe Boating Awareness Week and Ready, Set Wear It, and sharing of boating safety knowledge and ideas.

The MOU gives the CSBC and NSBC the opportunity to coordinate safe boating efforts to reach over 12 million boaters in Canada and 87 million boaters in the U.S.

NSBC Chair Richard Moore (left) and CSBC Chair John Gullick (right)

In brief                              

A tragic accident - and a safety warning! The Saturday before Easter two Alabama women died of electric shock drowning in Lake Oscaloosa. Read more ..... http://www.msn.com/en-ca/news/world/deadly-combination-2-alabama-women-die-of-electric-shock-drowning/ar-BBBoNwK?li=AAggNb9&ocid=HPCDHP 

Have you renewed your CSBC membership for 2017? If you're not yet a member of the CSBC, why not join us? Organizational and individual memberships are available. The CSBC is a volunteer-run, Canadian charity, and you'll know that your membership dollars go towards supporting our programs and campaigns to make boating safe and enjoyable for all. And there is a special benefit available to CSBC members this year -
Stearns/Coleman Canada is offering a 30% DISCOUNT on all online purchases through any Coleman Canada website.  This discount applies to the full line of Coleman Canada products - including Stearns PFDs, tents, sleeping bags, coolers and all sorts of outdoor camping gear, and Sevylor inflatables. Join the CSBC today at http://csbc.ca/en/about-us/membership 

This summer, keep your eyes open for boating safety heroes, and nominate them for a Canadian Safe Boating Award (CASBA)!
Go to http://csbc.ca/en/events/casbas/award-categories to learn more.