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Recreational boating deaths in Canada

According to the Lifesaving Society, drowning is the third leading cause of unintentional death for Canadians under the age of 60. Most deaths caused by drowning are preventable, by taking certain precautionary steps during watersports activities. First, a PFD should always be worn when boating.

  • About one-third of all water-related deaths occurred while boating.
  • Not wearing a lifejacket or personal flotation device is the number one cause of recreational boating deaths in Canada
  • The majority of fatal accidents are caused by capsizing, collision or falling overboard.
  • About 40% of drowning fatalities from recreational boating in Canada are alcohol related

As well, the consumption of alcohol in a pleasure craft is much more dangerous than most people realize. Fatigue, sun, wind and the rocking movement of the boat may all dull your senses. Alcohol intensifies this effect, reducing your reaction time, your judgement and, consequently, your ability to navigate your craft. Fatigue can also cause problems; such as being less alert and bringing on tunnel vision, thus diminishing our ability to see objects around us.

Finally, a safe driving attitude should be adopted at all times; such as looking around before taking action, keeping a low profile, driving at a safe speed, being alert to changes in weather conditions and using  the right navigation lights from sunset to sunrise.