Kamloops RCMP is reminding boaters of some important things to keep in mind as boating season is underway:
BC Boating Regulations:
In British Columbia you need to carry a valid Pleasure Craft Operator Card (a Boating License) to operate a powered watercraft. Take the Boating License exam online at boatinglicense.ca.
Safe Boating Tips:
- Wear your lifejacket, don’t just carry it onboard
- Take a boating course
- Be prepared with safety gear and sufficient fuel
- Be weather-wise
- Use common sense
Don’t Drink or use Cannabis and Boat
Boat operators face the same consequences as motor vehicle drivers when found to be impaired.
Safe Boating Practices
- When meeting a boat, slow down to reduce the bow wave and pass on the right
- If you are about to cross paths with another boat, the craft on the right side has the right of way
- Be a considerate boater and be the first to give way
- Operate your craft at a safe speed. Take into account having to stop abruptly or having to suddenly turn to avoid a collision
- You should always be on the lookout for traffic on the water. It’s best to know where other boats are and where they’re heading before you make a turn or cross a wake.
- In congested areas, lower your speed, just as you would if you were driving a car.
- Don’t spill fuel, oil or leave litter or other pollutants where they don’t belong. Also, don’t operate your watercraft close to wildlife or aquatic vegetation.
Remember, boats, jet skiers and swimmers share the water. Keep your distance and respect other’s rights to safety, access and use of the water.