Stay safe while enjoying the water this summer
2020-08-05 12:00 PDT
"There is nothing better than a dip in the ocean after a long hot day," said Sgt. Peter DeVries of the North Vancouver RCMP. "And we have no shortage of opportunities for swimming in North Vancouver. But that relief comes with risks," he warned. "And we want everyone to be aware of those risks, and to take steps to mitigate them, whether it's while swimming, boating, or relaxing beside the river."
Each year, officers from the North Vancouver RCMP respond to reports of people who find themselves in danger around the water. in some cases, people have been seriously injured or killed as a result of those activities," said DeVries. "Each of them was preventable. We all need to work together as a community to curtail the sorts of behaviours that lead to tragedy."
RCMP are recommending following these tips to stay safe on the water:
Playing it safe on the water (Safety Tips):
- Don’t push your limits when playing in water. Many drowning instances we have seen over the years have been as a result of fatigue and being too far from shore.
- Boaters, tubers and swimmers alike should always wear life jackets or personal floatation devices when on the water. They could save lives.
- Before heading out on the water, boaters should make sure their boat is equipped with enough Canadian approved lifejackets to fit themselves and everyone on board.
- Wearing a life jacket or PDF is the best defense for surviving cold-water shock and hypothermia.
- Boaters should get their Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC).
Everyone who operates a power-driven pleasure craft must carry proof of competency on board. Proof of competency can be:
- a Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC), which is good for life;
- proof that you passed a boating safety course in Canada before April 1, 1999;
- a marine certificate of competency, training certificate or other equivalency; or
- the completion of a Rental Boat Safety Checklist, if renting a boat;
In addition to carrying proof of competency, boaters should also carry a piece of personal identification.
Sgt. Peter DeVriesMedia Relations Officer
North Vancouver RCMP
nvan.rcmp-grc.gc.ca (English only)
147 East 14th St, North Van., BC, V7L 2N4
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