CPS Seeks to Implement Free Safety Check Program with Marinas

Canadian Power and Sail Squardrons (CPS-ECP) wants to partner with Canadian marinas this coming season to offer boaters free Recreational Vessel Courtesy Checks (RVCC).

The purpose of the CPS-ECP RVCC is to ensure boaters have the required safety equipment onboard to avoid fines for not having the required equipment for emergency situations.

According to CPS-ECP, a Boating Safety Specialist can perform a free, anonymous check on each vessel in about 30 minutes. The specialist is a trained CPS-ECP member who will make certain recommendations and discuss safety issues to help individuals become safer boaters. Boat owners completing the inspection will be given a copy of the evaluation so they may follow the suggestions provided.

Vessels that pass will be able to display the distinctive RVCC decal. CPS-ECP adds that while this doesn't provide exemption from law enforcement inspections, it does better prepare boaters for this type of encounter.

For more information on the program or to participate contact Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons at (416) 293-2438 or 1-888-CPS-BOAT (277-2628).