Kelowna Yacht Club reminds boaters to be safe out on the lake

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National Safe Boating Week May 21-27

Kelowna Yacht Club is reminding boaters to practice safe and responsible boating as they set out of the water this long weekend – and throughout the boating season.

Today, members of the club, together with the Canadian Power Squadron, kicked-off National Safe Boating Awareness Week – May 21 to May 27.

“Part of our club’s mandate is to promote the safe enjoyment of Okanagan Lake – wearing PFDs and taking care out on the water is all part of that,” says Commodore Nancy Thompson. “We would like everyone to think about safe boating, enjoy a wonderful long weekend on the lake and long safe summer season.”

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The timing of the week, starting on the May long weekend, is perfectly aligned with the unofficial start of summer and a time when many boating fatalities occur.

Although boating related fatalities have trended downwards in past years, there continues to be an average of over 100 boating related deaths annually in Canadian waters. In British Columbia, lifejacket use and alcohol consumption were factors in many of the boating fatalities. Only 17% of victims were wearing a lifejacket at the time of the incident and 36% had consumed alcohol.

Kelowna Yacht Club offers classroom instruction and examination for all boaters to obtain their Pleasure Craft Operator Card. The course covers the minimum safety equipment required on board your boat; how to share waterways and how to respond in an emergency.

For course details, visit kelownayachtclub.com.