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Canoes, Kayaks, Rowboats and Rowing Shells (not over 6 M in length)

These are the updated regulations from the Canadian Coast Guard Office of Boating Safety. More information can be obtained from the Safe Boating Guide. Their info line is 1-800-267-6687 or visit the Office of Boating Safety web site at

What you now need when using a canoe, kayak, rowboat and rowing shells (not over 6 M in length)

Personal Protection Equipment

- one Canadian approved personal flotation device or life jacket of appropriate size for each person on board.

- one buoyant heaving line of not less than 15 m in length (for those of you who are not metric 50 ft)

Tip: It won't work if you don't wear it!

Pouch type PFD's are only permitted for rowing and paddling activities but no inflatable is approved for use for white water activities.

Life jackets come in only orange, red or yellow, offering greater buoyancy and the ability to turn an unconscious person face-up in the water.

Proper care of your flotation device. Flotation devices that are ripped or in poor condition are not considered approved.

Flotation gear should not be used for kneeling, sitting or as a fender for your boat.

Check it's buoyancy regularly by wading out until the water is waist deep; bend your knees and see how well you float.

You should allow your flotation gear to dry in the open air, not close to a direct hear source. It should be kept in a dry, well ventilated, easily accessible place.

Clean with mild soap and running water. Strong detergents or gasoline should never be used. Do not dry clean.

Parents take note (or Guider's) - a life jacket or PFD is no substitute for adult supervision. Children under 16 years of age cannot wear inflatable PFDs.

Boat Safety Equipment

- one manual propelling device - ie paddle or oar

oran anchor with not less than 15 m of cable, rope or chain in any combination

- one bailer or one manual water pump fitted with or accompanied by sufficient hose to enable a person using the pump to pump water from the bilge of the vessel over the side of the vessel.

Tip: A bailer can be made from a 4 litre plastic bleach container or frabric softener or juice container.

Step 1. Secure lid.

Step 2. Cut off bottom

Step 3: cut along side with handle.

Navigation Equipment

- a sound signalling device (such as a whistle) or a sound signalling appliance

This must be operational when wet

Navigation lights that meet the applicable standards set out in the Collision Regulations if the pleasure craft is operated after sunset and before sunrise or in periods of restricted visibility.