Publish on : August 3, 2017 by Diamond and Diamond Lawyers
Unfortunately, roughly 100 people will die in boating accidents every year, and many more individuals will be severely injured. Thankfully, however, most boating deaths and injuries can be avoided by following simple safety tips.
Canoes and kayaks are referred to as “human-powered water crafts,” in British Columbia, which means that the requirements to operate these vessels are significantly less than boats with motors. Nonetheless, some of the same safety requirements should be used to ensure that everyone stays safe while they are having fun.
Transport Canada requires that you have specific safety gear, but certain types of canoeing will require additional safety equipment as well. The basic required safety gear includes:
You should have all of these items stored in a place that you can access quickly in the event of an emergency. Although it is not required, it is always a good idea to wear your PFD or life jacket while you canoe.
Although the law does not oblige these items, the Recreational Canoeing Association of British Columbia recommends the following safety equipment as well.
Kayaks can be a great way to get exercise and enjoy nature. However, they can also be dangerous as well. Kayaks are subject to the rules found in the Small Vessel Regulations. As such, you should be sure to have the following required safety items:
Other safety items, such as waterproof barrels, binoculars, a VHF radio, and radar reflectors may also be a good idea as well.
Because kayaks are human-powered vessels, there is no competency requirement to use a kayak. Nonetheless, having some training and knowledge of kayak safety is extremely important to have before you hit the water. Use the following tips to get you started.
In some situations, a canoe or kayak accident can result in legal liability. Call 1-800-567-HURT to find out more about how our team at Diamond and Diamond can help you.