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Safety underway

Enjoying Canada’s waterways is one of our greatest summer pastimes. While we all want to have
fun and enjoy a day on the water, sharing the waterways with others means operating in a safe
and courteous manner.

Safety underway means:
•Understanding and taking into account the effects of being on the water

•Choosing a safe and appropriate speed

•Knowing the proper techniques for reducing risk while operating at high speeds

•Knowing how to operate safely amongst other boat traffic during the day or night and
sharing the waterways with others


Effects of being on the water

You should remember that certain effects of being on the water can impair your judgement
and ability to operate your craft safely. These effects include:
•The motion of your pleasure craft
•Alcohol and/or controlled substances
These effects (individually or in combination with each other) may impair your balance, sense of
coordination, reflexes, response time, eyesight, hearing and judgment. If you find that any of
your senses are impaired you should immediately seek a safe harbour and shade yourself from
direct sunlight.
Be aware of the effects of being on the water - both on yourself and your passengers. Take steps
to reduce these effects by ensuring that you wear appropriate protection from the elements
including sunglasses, sunscreen and a visor or hat.
Be well rested when planning to operate your craft for extended periods and ensure that you
consume ample liquids (such as water or juice) to keep hydrated. You should never consume
alcohol or controlled substances when operating a pleasure craft.

Heat stroke

Heat stroke results from an abnormally elevated body temperature with accompanying physical
and neurological symptoms. Heat stroke is a true medical emergency that can be fatal if not
properly and promptly treated. Symptoms of heat stroke include nausea, vomiting, fatigue,
weakness, headache, muscle cramps and dizziness.
Victims of heat stroke must receive immediate treatment to avoid permanent organ damage. First
and foremost, cool the victim. Remove clothing, apply cool water to the skin and fan the victim
to promote sweating and evaporation. Apply ice packs under armpits and groin and monitor body
temperature and continue cooling efforts until body temperature to 38.3 – 38.8 o


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