Canadian Safe Boating Council Wants To Keep Canadian Anglers Safe On The Water
June 25, 2018, Toronto, ON. - June 30th - July 8th marks National Fishing Week in
Canada. The Canadian Safe Boating Council (CSBC) wants to remind anglers that wearing
your lifejacket is even more important than wearing your ‘lucky fishing hat'. But
they do share one trait. They both have to be worn to be effective!
According to the Canadian Safe Boating Council and the Lifesaving Society, 80 percent
of recreational boaters who drown each and every year in Canada were not wearing
a lifejacket or Personal Floatation Device (PFD). Most of these drownings occur
in small, open power boats, accounting for 60 percent of these preventable deaths.
A majority of these victims were males between the ages of 19 and 35, out for a
day of fishing.
Many of those who don't wear their lifejackets or PFDs believe that, since they
are good swimmers, having them onboard and within easy reach is good enough. But
a lifejacket stored under a seat or up in the bow will be of no help when the unexpected
happens, like falling overboard while trying to net the catch.
"National surveys clearly show that more than half the recreational boats sold in
Canada are used for fishing on a regular basis," says John Gullick, Chair of the
Canadian Safe Boating Council. "During National Fishing Week, the Canadian Safe
Boating Council would like to remind all anglers not only to have their lifejacket
onboard their boat, but to wear it as if their life depended on it - because it
Many of today's anglers are delighted with the models that are designed especially
to suit their needs. They're rugged, allow for full freedom of movement to cast
and are constructed with lots of pockets for gear. Some even come equipped with
an attachment from which to hang a landing net. When choosing their lifejacket,
anglers should also check the label to make sure it is Transport Canada approved,
is the correct size and fits snugly.
Today, many anglers choose to wear an inflatable lifejacket because they are cool,
fully adjustable and provide for full arm motion. These are available in both manual
and auto-inflate models which make them extremely versatile. The law states that
these must be worn to be legal, rather than just be kept in the boat. Also, they
are only legal where the wearer is 16 years of age or older.
This initiative is made possible through support of Transport Canada's Office of