September CSBC Symposium to Feature Cold Water Survival Workshops

This year’s Canadian Safe Boating Council (CSBC) Annual Symposium will feature two one-day workshops on how responders can aid hypothermic victims. The event will be held at the Delta St. John’s Resort and Conference Centre in St. John’s, NL from September 22 to 24.

“The fact that the sun is shining and it’s 25 degrees Celsius out doesn’t really mean much if you fall out of your boat and find out that the water temperature is five degrees Celsius,” says Dr. Giesbrecht, an expert on hypothermia from the University of Winnipeg who will be a keynote speaker at the symposium.

The symposium’s workshops will provide information on how first responders should aid hypothermic victims in regards to treatment, transporting and re-warming. Actual in-water demonstrations of the effects of cold water will take place to highlight the importance of quick response to a cold water immersion incident.

Other topics on the agenda include the mandatory wearing of a lifejacket or personal flotation device (PFD) while boating; presentations by Tony Patterson, President of Virtual Marine Technology, a St. John’s-based company providing marine training simulators; and presentations by Noel O’Dea, President of Target Marketing and Communications, on social marketing techniques and their potential for encouraging safe behaviour on the water.

For more information visit or contact CSBC Chair Bob Minielly at 705-826-2021 or