The Canadian Safe Boating Council (CSBC) has launched its boating safety awareness website SmartBoater.ca.
In October 2009 the CSBC announced its plans to launch the website and posted a temporary page that outlined the site's purpose as a source of messages and materials from boating safety educators. The newly completed site now includes a compilation of boating safety training materials in the form of articles and public service announcement (PSA) videos for every type of recreational on-water activity including paddling, powerboats, sailboats, PWCs and fishing.
“We're live and we'll be going into production in July,” says Stephanie Rankine, SmartBoater Project Coordinator. “We have several short videos planned and we'll be continually adding material all the time. We're open to suggestions from boating safety educators and the public on topics they would like to see covered.”
Newly added videos will appear in the website's 'Feature' area on the main page. Among the most recent are four PSA videos that compare the risks of gambling in poker to the dangers of unsafe boating practices such as drinking while on the water, boating without the proper equipment or not wearing a lifejacket.
For each genre of boating covered on the site, articles can be found on required safety equipment, rules and regulations and identifying aids to navigation.
For more information visit www.smartboater.ca