May 17, 2017 – Winnipeg, MB, — North American Safe Boating Awareness Week will take place across Canada from May 20th to May 26th, 2017. The purpose of this initiative, managed by the CSBC (Canadian Safe Boating Council) and the Lifesaving Society – Manitoba Chapter is to promote safe and responsible boating practices to the 14 million Canadians who participate in recreational boating.

“Going for a boat ride, fishing off the dock, or participating in water sports are great ways to make memories with your family and friends,” said Lifesaving Society – Manitoba Branch Operations Manager Kevin Tordiffe. “But it’s so very important to be safe in the water.”

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. With people gearing-up to launch their boats after a long winter, the goal of the week is to continue to bring those numbers down by ensuring Canadians who head out in any type of boat have the appropriate knowledge to help them have a safe day on the water.

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.

There are five key boating safety messages to be delivered, all directed towards the most common boating related accidents.  They include:

  1. The importance of wearing a lifejacket
  2. The dangers associated with drinking and boating
  3. The importance of taking a safe boating course
  4. Ensuring that you and your vessel are prepared before casting off
  5. The risks associated with a fall into cold water

Manitoba has some of the best parks and beaches in the country,” said Tordiffe. “I’m encouraging all Manitobans to get out and enjoy these attractions safely.”

Media Availability:  Thursday May 18th 11am at the Forks under the canopy between the Johnston Terminal and the Forks Market.

Short Safe Boating videos for use by Media to share on their social media and webpages can be found at:

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For further information contact:               

Lorne Edwards
Media Outreach – Prairie Region
204-227-6894 (cell)

About the Lifesaving Society

The Lifesaving Society: Canada's lifeguarding experts. We are a full-service provider of programs, products and services designed to prevent drowning. We save lives and prevent water-related injury through our training programs, Water Smart® public education, drowning prevention research, aquatic safety management and lifesaving sport. Each year, more than 1,000,000 Canadians participate in the Society's swimming, lifesaving, lifeguarding and leadership programs. Learn More

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