There are of course, some risks associated with going about in boats. Most risks are manageable with preparation and awareness, along with some knowledge and training in what to do in an emergency.more ›
Boating is a fun and sometimes adventurous activity. Most people participate in boating as a recreational pastime, but for other it is part of their daily living, a means of travel to their cottage, home or work. For some, the water is their workplace.‹ close
Falls & Capsize
The greatest risk occurs in small boats, where a fall overboard or the capsize of the boat due to waves, wind or overloading can have serious consequences. This kind of incident often happens suddenly.more ›
If you are not wearing a lifejacket of some kind you may easily inhale water in the first moments and quickly be in distress.
This is especially true in colder water where even a good swimmer can be affected. The stress, disorientation and challenge of trying to assist others is very frightening and can be life threatening.
We may be lulled into thinking that we will have some warning or time to put on a lifejacket. Unfortunately, like seat belts in cars, it doesn’t work that way. It is very difficult to put one on in the water.‹ close
Sadly, each year some people have died because they did not have their lifejacket snugly fastened and it dislodged when they entered the water.more ›
A poorly sized lifejacket may ‘ride up’ over the face and impede vision and airway. For those who find themselves in big waves, being jostled around can dislodge a lifejacket and result in the buoyant material not doing its job of lifting the user's head clear of the water.
Some device design include a leg attachment or crotch strap (a ride-up prevention system that helps keep the device down around the body).‹ close