Attention Recreational Boaters and Marine Community Members

Attention Recreational Boaters and Marine Community Members

Please do your part to prevent the spread of COVID-19

COVID-19 is a serious health threat, and the situation is evolving daily. Canadians, including those who are recreational boaters, should continue to think ahead about the actions that they can take to protect their health and safety, and prevent the spread of COVID-19 to others.

Follow the latest advice from federal and provincial public health leaders:

Avoid all non-essential travel.

You must self-isolate and monitor for symptoms (cough, fever or difficulty breathing) for 14 days if you have travelled outside of Canada.

Practice social distancing by avoiding close contact with others – keep 2 metres apart from others as much as possible.

Practice proper hygiene:
Wash your hands often, for more than 20 seconds;
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands;
Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces

Contact your local health authority if you are developing flu-like symptoms.

If you are planning on heading out on the water, carry all required safety equipment and documents on board your vessel. Have the required safety equipment on board the pleasure craft, based on type and size of your vessel. This safety equipment is required and must be ready and accessible in case of emergencies. (See here for a table of the minimum safety equipment requirements)

Carry a copy of your Pleasure Craft Licence or Registration paperwork, government photo ID and operator competency, on board whenever you operate your pleasure craft.

Be Prepared for the Unexpected

Create a plan and follow a pre-departure checklist before you head out on the water. (Link to the pre-departure checklist:

Prepare yourself and your family in the event of an emergency, please visit

Operate your vessel in a safe manner:
Be aware of what is going on around you and be ready to stop, slow down, and yield to large vessels.
Read and follow the Collision Regulations:,_c._1416.pdf

Keep first responders safe:
If you are in an emergency situation while boating and require assistance, please alert first responders if you have been out of the country and/or are experiencing flu-like symptoms.
Help keep first responders safe by following their directions.

For more details related to COVID-19, please refer to:

For more details on Boating Safety please refer to:

For more information or clarification, please contact Office of Boating Safety, Pacific Region:

Tel: 604-666-2681 or

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