Beyond Transport Canada Documentation: Staying Safe on the Water

Transport Canada

Filling out the proper Transport Canada documentation is the responsibility of every vessel owner. It’s a chore, but one that has to be done, and at our site, we make it as easy as can be. Another responsibility of every vessel owner: safety. That’s always true but especially so while COVID-19 is still out there. By being as safe as we can on our own vessel, we’re doing our part to make the waterways that much safer for everyone else. There are some things to keep in mind when out on your vessel this summer for everyone’s safety. 

Social Distance Where and When You Can

Staying two meters from people you don’t live with can go a long, long way towards stopping the spread of the virus. While it may not necessarily be possible on your vessel, you can do it at the dock. Don’t dock or beach your boat right next to another person. By that same token, if you do use a boat ramp dock every time you get in and out of the water, do what you can not to use one while someone else is on it. 

Transport Canada Recommends: Wear a Mask But Have Spares

So much research has shown that wearing a mask can help to stop the disease as much if not more so than any other action. Having a mask on, even a cloth one, while you’re on your boat can do a world of good for you and for others. However, when your non-medical mask gets wet or even damp, it can drastically reduce (if not destroy) its effectiveness. The authorities suggest replacing it with a dry one as soon as that happens. 

Planning Ahead so As to Help the Authorities 

Statistics have shown that more than half of the calls for the assistance of emergency responders from recreational boaters is due to things like running out of fuel, or some other form of potentially preventable mechanical failure. Of course, anything can happen on the water. We all do our part to plan but events do take a hand. That said, when an emergency responder deals with something like that, it keeps them from being able to help someone who is sick or in some other kind of emergency. To the best that you can, be even more aware of how much fuel is in your vessel, how long you’ll be out, and so forth. This is one more way that we can all help each other out. 

Safety Today and Tomorrow 

Cleaning and disinfecting your vessel can do wonders to keep it safe from the virus, but it also has an added benefit: making your vessel look its very best. Doing so before you leave the vessel can help in a multitude of ways. By following these safety guidelines (while also following all the ones that you would typically) you can have a safe journey while helping others to have one, too. For more info: (800) 419-9569.