Paddle Canada is pleased to accept $50,000 in funding towards it’s 2012 – 2013 Project: “Expansion of Paddle Canada Services: National Paddling Week, Conferences & Instructor Development”. Paddle Canada is thrilled to be one of six contribution program partners. Education & Safety Awareness for Canoe / Kayak / SUP users is a high priority for Transport Canada. This fits ideally into what Paddle Canada does: provide excellent national paddlesports training, keeping recreational users safe on Canada’s waterways.
The following is the Government of Canada’s Press Release Announcement on the May Long Weekend, kicking off Safe Boating Awarness Week:
OTTAWA, May 18, 2012 /CNW/ – The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, today celebrated North American Safe Boating Awareness Week 2012 with an announcement of $322,000 for six boating safety awareness projects under Transport Canada’s Boating Safety Class Contribution Program.
“North American Safe Boating Awareness Week marks the beginning of the boating season in many parts of the country,” said Minister Lebel. “Our government is pleased to be working with stakeholders on worthy projects aimed at reducing boating fatalities and injuries on Canadian waters.”
This year’s recipients under the Boating Safety Class Contribution Program are:
- Paddle Canada
- Canadian Red Cross – Atlantic Zone
- Newfoundland and Labrador Search & Rescue Association (NLSARA)
- Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)
- Regional District of Alberni-Clayoquot
- Fédération québécoise du canot et du kayak
Minister Lebel also reminded Canadians of the following tips to stay safe on the water:
- Always ensure that you and your guests wear a lifejacket that fits properly.
- If you are operating a motorized boat, carry proof of competency on board at all times.
- Take a boating safety course.
- Carry the required safety equipment for your boat such as paddles, a bailer, flashlight, buoyant line, anchor, etc.
- Keep clear of swimmers, divers and other boats.
- Navigate your boat on the correct side of the buoy.
- Wear proper clothing and check the weather forecast before heading out.
- Do not drink and boat.
Data collected over the past two decades indicate that the majority of boating-related deaths in Canada were linked to recreational boating activities such as fishing, powerboating and canoeing, often in small open boats on inland rivers and lakes.