As we head into our extremely short Canadian summer, it is vital to remember to bring the following items with you to before venturing out into the blue. The subsequent list is not a full comprehensive checklist for all the things you may need but should be considered in order to keep you and your loved ones safe. Finally, please note that the equipment must be in good working order, easily accessible, and useable by everyone on board.
1. Life Jackets and Wearable Personal Flotation Device
An appropriately sized, Canadian-approved personal flotation device (PFD) or lifejacket for each person on board. Its importance cannot be overstated.
2. Throwable Flotation Device (Lifebuoy)
A lifebuoy, also known as a life ring, is used to rescue a person who has fallen overboard. In addition to lifejackets, you will need at least one floating device you can throw to an individual in the water should the need arise.
3. Fire Extinguisher
Personal Watercrafts (also known as PWCs) must have a 5BC fire extinguisher on board. The type of extinguisher may vary depending on the size of the boat. Be sure to consult with Transport Canada on the type of fire extinguisher you will need.
4. Visual Signalling Device
Visual distress signals are any device you can use to help others locate your boat quickly in the case of an emergency. We offer a wide array of visual signals that can be seen here.
5. Sound Signalling Device
Sound signalling devices are essential when you are in reduced visibility settings such as fog or heavy rain. Sounds can help attract help in both day and night. Our Plastic Crack Cartridges create an extremely loud bang sound effect.
Apart from the required equipment, certain items could be extremely useful in order for you to have a pleasant time on the water. If your trip is for several hours, you should have with you:
- A first aid kit
- Spare clothing in a waterproof bag (weather can change without notice, and it’s best to be prepared)
- Drinking water and snacks
- Tools and spare parts (fuses, spark plugs, etc. )