CSBC Newsletter                       August 2017
Message from the Chair
Let me start by welcoming everyone who was elected as a Director at our May Annual General meeting and all of the new members who have joined us this year and those who have rejoined. Without you and your interest in boating safety we would not exist as a strong voice for recreational boating safety throughout North America.

I have taken the following remarks from my message to those who attended our AGM in May:

The boating season this year has gotten off to a very wet start almost all across the country and that trend carried on in parts of the country well into the summer. This has meant dangerous boating conditions caused by very high and fast flowing water. As the water drops boaters begin rushing to get out on the water and they often don't realize that those waters are flowing at very high rates, often ten to twenty times faster than normal. This was the reason that the Trent Severn and Rideau Canal systems were late opening.

These weather patterns may seem out of the ordinary but I suspect that these types of dangerous conditions will increasingly become the new norm throughout the season. All the more reason for us to be promoting our five key messages:
  • Wear your lifejacket,
  • Don't drink and boat,
  • Be prepared, both you and your vessel,
  • Get the required training and
  • Be aware of cold water conditions and how to deal with them.
Last September our annual Symposium venture into the real North proved to be very successful and informative. This is leading the way for some very important CSBC initiatives and projects in the North that will be taking place over the next three years and, hopefully beyond.

I was particularly impressed by the diversity of this year's CASBA winners.  It was great to see that boating safety messaging is being presented by non-traditional organizations and individuals.

By all accounts this year's Boat Show season was excellent. The attendance appeared to be very good and new boat sales were good. This trend seemed be evident all across the country.

I hope this trend is mirrored on the boating safety side, so continued strong effort will need to be carried out by all of us.

My continued concern is that when I look at many of the ad photos and marketing videos there is a noticeable lack of visible lifejacket wear. Usually kids are wearing lifejackets but in most cases, with a few notable exceptions by manufacturers who also happen to be current and past CASBA winners, lifejackets are not even visible in photos, let alone being worn.

My personal challenge to all of us is to see what we can do to encourage visible lifejacket wear in any boating-related promotion and marketing efforts.

My final comment relates to continuing Ways and Means efforts. This is truly going to be our major concern over the next few years and if we cannot find more and creative ways to increase funding support for our ongoing CSBC operations we are going to find ourselves in dire straits. We have experienced these challenges in the past but those challenges will be even greater in the not so distant future unless we are able to find ongoing funding solutions.

Here is where I really need to recognize the support of our sponsors, without whom we would not be able to function at all:

Presenting Sponsor: Coleman/Stearns
Platinum: Brunswick Recreational Products
Gold: Ontario Power Generation and Cook-Reese Memorial Fund
Silver: Mustang, Yamaha and Salus
In-Kind Sponsors:
Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons
Lifesaving Society
Sail Canada
Boating Business
Boating Industry Canada
Cottage Life
Pattison Outdoor Advertising
Pacific Yachting
PlaySafe Productions
Ontario Provincial Police.
My sincere thanks go out to all of these organizations and their representatives.
Happy and Safe Boating,

John Gullick

Canadian Safe Boating Campaign 2017: 
What`s New? 

Cold Water Awareness Campaign from its origins as a single media event, Safe Boating Awareness Week in May, the Canadian Safe Boating Campaign has expanded to include three more events, to keep boating safety top of mind throughout the boating season: Hooked on Lifejackets in July, Operation Dry Water in August, and Stretching the Season on the Labour Day weekend. This year we have added a fifth event, Cold Water Awareness, which was held on April 26 in Halifax, N.S. It involved immersing volunteers in minus 4 °C water wearing varying levels of thermal protection, to demonstrate the effect of cold water immersion and that without wearing a lifejacket, drowning is a significant risk. The event will be extended to other locations across Canada next year.

Research in Action: new billboard campaign: in 2014 the CSBC conducted research into better understanding boaters` safety-related behaviour, and how to influence it with effective messaging. We found that the most convincing communications message speaks to a lifejacket buying you time if you fall out of your boat. Our new billboard campaign in 2017 is based on this: keep an eye open at bus stops, malls and other locations for our new campaign posters: Tired of waiting? ...buy the time you need...wear your lifejacket/Fatigué d'attendre?....achetez-vous du temps...portez votre gilet de sauvetage.

CSBC Quebec Symposium   

Don`t forget to make your plans to join us in Quebec City from September 17 - 19, 2017. We have a great roster of speakers and events lined up, and the beauty and joie de vivre of Quebec City never fail to impress! Click here for more information.

CASBA Nominations  

Don`t forget to keep your eyes open as you are out on the water this summer for deserving nominees for a Canadian Safe Boating Award! For more information about the award categories, CLICK HERE.

CSBC Partners with Lifesaving Society on 
START Boating
By Barbara Byers, CSBC Director and Public Education Director, Lifesaving Society

On July 20  the Lifesaving Society launched an online boating safety program targeted to new boaters, particularly new Canadians who may be experiencing recreational boating for the first time. START Boating is a comprehensive program designed to teach basic boating and water safety skills. The program launched initially in English, French, Mandarin and Cantonese, followed by Hindi and Tagalog in August.

The program consists of a series of online, interactive videos, which guide the user through the basic skills needed to safely enjoy a day on the water. While suitable for all boaters, the program was developed with Canada's growing immigrant population, especially newcomer families, in mind. 

START Boating allows users to choose from one of four vessel types - canoe, kayak, stand-up paddleboard (SUP) and small outboard motor boat. Many of these vessels represent entry-level craft, those most likely to be operated by those new to boating.

The introductory video begins with a family planning to spend a day on the water, and as the family continues on their journey, the user can click on additional videos that demonstrate:
  • What  to wear and what to pack;
  • How to understand right of way, mapping, markers and areas to avoid;
  • How  to call for help in an emergency;
  • How to use safety equipment including how to fit a personal flotation device;
  • Important skills like paddling, launching their boat and righting and re-entering from the water.
The CSBC is a partner in the program, contributing boating safety information and support in promotion.
To learn more, go to www.startboating.ca and to the Lifesaving Society website at  http://www.lifesavingsociety.com/media.aspx for the press release in English and French.  

DFO Evaluation Report Highlights Increasing Pleasure Craft SAR Incidents and Limited Prevention  

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans has published a report on the Evaluation of the Search and Rescue Services Program, covering the 2011/2012 - 2015/2016 period. Among the key findings are ' A significant obstacle to the maritime search and rescue system achieving even greater efficiency are the high number of incidents involving pleasure craft. Unlike other on-water users (e.g. commercial and fishing) where there have been reductions in the number of incidents, the pleasure craft group not only represents the single largest search object category, but the number and severity of incidents are also continuing to rise. An evaluation completed by Transport Canada confirmed that a large recreational boating population exists in Canada but that prevention efforts are likely being limited by the fact that there is a relatively small federal boating safety program. In the same evaluation Transport Canada determined that there was no measureable evidence of the impact of current federal efforts on boating safety attitudes, behaviour or overall awareness about boating safety.'

The Transport Canada Evaluation of the Boating Safety Contribution Program can be accessed at   http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/corporate-services/des-reports-1307.html insert link

Transportation Safety Board Report on Leviathan II
By Ron Kroeker, CSBC Director
On 25 October 2015, at approximately 1500 Pacific Daylight Time, the passenger vessel Leviathan II was on a whale-watching excursion with 27 people on board when it capsized off Plover Reefs in Clayoquot Sound, British Columbia. The subsequent rescue operation recovered 21 survivors, who included 18 passengers and 3 crew members. There were 6 fatalities.

A Transportation Safety Board (TSB) report released 14 June 2017 made three recommendations:

  1. The Department of Transport ensure that commercial passenger vessel operators on the west coast of Vancouver Island identify areas and conditions conducive to the formation of hazardous waves and adopt practical risk mitigation strategies to reduce the likelihood that a passenger vessel will encounter such conditions.
  2. The Department of Transport require commercial passenger vessel operators to adopt explicit risk management processes, and develop comprehensive guidelines to be used by vessel operators and Transport Canada inspectors to assist them in the implementation and oversight of those processes.
  3. Of particular note to operators of smaller commercial or recreational vessels operating in unsheltered waters, the Leviathan II was not equipped with an emergency position-indicating radio beacon (EPIRB), nor was one required by current regulations for this class of vessel. In 2016, Transport Canada had proposed that EPIRB installation would become mandatory on vessels operating outside of sheltered waters - if the vessel was more than 8 meters in length, or when carrying more than 6 passengers. Proposed regulations were to have been effected by 2018. The TSB has now recommended that proposed changes to the Navigation Safety Regulations be expedited and expanded so that EPIRBs (or other appropriate equipment*)  would be required for ALL commercial passenger vessels operating beyond sheltered waters.

*Complete details of the TSB report (including the definition of "appropriate equipment")  can be found at the TSB website:

In brief

The Marine 17: Boating for the Future Conference was held in Sydney, Australia from July 30 - August 1, 2017. Jean Murray, CSBC Past Chair, made a presentation on the CSBC's latest initiatives, including those in Northern Canada. This was also an opportunity to renew ties with our boating safety colleagues from Australia, New Zealand, France and elsewhere, and to invite them to join us at our Symposiums.  The conference presentations will be posted on: www.csbc.ca.

Transport Canada has announced the launch of a national, five-year $6.85 million Abandoned Boats Program. This Program will facilitate the removal of existing smaller high-priority abandoned boats, educate boat owners about their responsibilities, and support research into improving recycling options for boats. Minister Garneau also announced a separate initiative that will soon support the Department of Fisheries and Oceans' mandate of operating a national network of safe and accessible small craft harbours for the commercial fishing industry. Over the next five years, $1.3 million will be available to provide support to Harbour Authorities and other eligible recipients in removing abandoned and wrecked vessels from federally owned commercial fishing harbours and disposing of them. More information is available here :
The next International Boating & Water Safety Summit (IBWSS) will be held in Lexington, Kentucky, March 4 - 7, 2018.

Rick Layzell has been appointed CEO of Boating Ontario .