Boater’s Pre-Departure Checklist

Are you planning to go boating? To be prepared, it is recommended to take the following precautions.

  • inspect your boat
  • monitor the weather
  • make a sail plan and always tell someone*
  • bring enough fuel, food and water for each person on board for 72 hours

*A sail plan must include name of all passengers, destination, and timeline

Carry safety equipment, including:

  • personal floatation device for everyone on board
  • buoyant heaving line at least 15 meters in length
  • watertight flashlight or Canadian approved flares
  • sound-signalling device
  • manual propelling device or an anchor with at least 15 meters of rope, chain or cable
  • bailer or manual water pump
  • class 5 BC fire extinguisher
  • marine first aid kit
  • GPS, map, compass, tracking device, and spare batteries
  • waterproof matches
  • dry clothing
  • small toolkit
  • CB radio
  • satellite phone
  • Coleman stove and naphtha
  • a knife

Do not consume alcohol or cannabis before or during your trip.

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For more information on minimum safety requirements by boat type and length, please visit:

Sign out a free tracking device, like a SPOT device, and a floatation suit at your hamlet office, wildlife office or Hunters and Trappers Organization.