The Lifesaving Society, in partnership with Ontario Power Generation (OPG), has translated important boating safety tips into 33 different languages.
“We took 10 key boating tips and translated them into 33 languages with the hope we can reach out to new Canadians with safety messages,” explains Barbara Buyers, Public Education Director with the Lifesaving Society. “OPG is very committed to boating safety around dams and in general.”
Buyers says the Lifesaving Society will be approaching a variety of multicultural organizations and news agencies with the hope that they'll include the tips in their publications and broadcasts. The tips are available in PDF format on the Lifesaving Society's website (lifesavingsociety.com) in each of the translated languages.
According to Buyers, many newcomers to Canada are from countries where recreational boating is not part of their experience. “Canada Day weekend is for many the start of boating season and we want to ensure that they have a safe trip when they are out on the water,” she says.
The tips have been translated into: Arabic; Simplified Chinese; Traditional Chinese; Czech; Farsi; Greek; Gujarati; Hindi; Hungarian; Italian; Khmer; Korean; Macedonian; Pashto; Polish; Portuguese; Punjabi; Romanian; Russian; Somali; Spanish; Tagalog; Tamil; Twi; Ukrainian; Urdu; Vietnamese; and four First Nation languages – Cree, Ojibway, Ojicree and Mohawk.
Boating tips include:
• Cold water is deadlier than you think. Prepare for the shock of coldwater – always wear a lifejacket.
• Alcohol and boating do not mix. Leave the alcohol on shore.
• Check the forecast. Return to shore immediately if bad weather approaches.
• Obey all warning signs and buoys around hydroelectric stations and dams; waters can change in a matter of seconds from a scenic calm to a deadly torrent. “Stay Clear, Stay Safe.”
• Drive powerboats responsibly – use appropriate speed especially when the water is choppy.
• Stay seated! You can easily fall out of a small powerboat, canoe, or kayak.
• Be prepared. Ensure your vessel has the required safety gear on board and sufficient fuel.
• Carry a VHF radio or cell phone with you when on the water.
• Always tell someone where you are going and when you will return.
• Get trained. Learn how to survive an unexpected fall into the water.