Have a Safe Boating Season

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Staff Sergeant Kevin Webb, Detachment Commander of the Manitoulin-Espanola Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) wants to ensure that everyone has a safe and enjoyable boating season. This summer the OPP will be patrolling the waterways to ensure boaters are in compliance with the vessel regulations.

On those beautiful sunny days, most of us want to get out on the water to use our boats. Just remember that any vessel being underway that has any type of motor, requires the operator to possess a valid Pleasure Craft Operators Card (PCOC) or proof of competency equivalence.

And, any vessel on the water requires all the necessary safety equipment on board.

The standard equipment includes:

15m floating heaving line
watertight flashlight
whistle – *must be Pealess* (or some type of sound signaling device, i.e. horn, or portable air horn, etc.)
bailing bucket
a paddle or an oar
lifejackets or Personal Floatation Devices (PFD’s) for every person on board (*self-inflating PFD’s must be worn*)
and depending on the size of the vessel and motor being used, it may require proper flares and a fire extinguisher

And, remember, impaired operation on the water carries the same fines and penalties as on the highway! No Drinking and boating. Help keep our waterways safe for everyone!

If you observe a suspected impaired driver, please dial 911.



  1. Regarding the picture included in the article “Have a Safe Boating Season”, all the people in the boat should be wearing their life jackets! 90% of the people who drown in a boating accident, were NOT wearing their life jackets.


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