OPP Want to Remind About Safe Boating Regulations
On those beautiful sunny days, most of us want to get out on the water to use our boats. The OPP want to stress safety when on the water. Life-jackets or Personal Floatation Devices (PFD's) are a must and no consumption of alcoholic beverages while the boat is underway. Alcoholic beverages can only be consumed on a vessel if:
- it is moored or anchored,
- has a pump out head (not a porta-potty),
- and has a permanent cooking facility (not a portable BBQ or Hibachi).
Also 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.
Any motorized vessel on the water require 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
Horsepower and age restrictions:
- under 12yrs. may operate a boat with up to 10hp
- 12yrs. - 16yrs. may operate a boat with up to 40hp
- under 16 yrs. regardless of supervision shall NOT operate a personal watercraft (sea doo, jet skis)
- 16yrs. and older, there are no horsepower restrictions
And, remember, impaired operation on the water carries the same fines and penalties as on the highway! No drinking and boating - beer on the peer, water on the water! Help keep our waterways safe for everyone!
Should you observe a suspected impaired driver, please dial 911 or contact the Ontario Provincial Police at 1-888-310-1122.