Boating

Boating Safety and the Criminal Code

Criminal Code of Canada (R.S.C., 1985, c. C-46)

439. (1) Every one who makes fast a vessel or boat to a signal, buoy or other sea-mark that is used for purposes of navigation is guilty of an offence punishable on summary conviction.

(2) Every one who wilfully alters, removes or conceals a signal, buoy or other sea-mark that is used for purposes of navigation is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding ten years.

Navigation Buoys

In 2005, the Association was informed that the yellow balls we had been placing as buoys to mark navigation hazards were not legal. Subsequently, the membership decided at the July 2 2005 meeting that the LWRA would no longer place them to avoid liablility. Since then, anonymous private individuals have taken it upon themselves to place markers at the hazards.

PCOC Testing Available Again

We are pleased to announce that we are back in the PCOC testing business. Now that the backlog of mail following the strike has finally eased, we received our new exams yesterday and can once again offer this service.

The fee for members is $15.00 per person. This includes family members -- and we are pretty liberal about that definition! It includes anyone who regularly operates a boat on one of our lakes. The fee for non-members and their families is $25.

OPP Marine Patrols on Waseosa

The police rarely visit our lakes, but this does not mean we are somehow exempt from the regulations. And 'rarely' does not mean 'never': the OPP launched a small boat on Waseosa last Sunday and stopped several boats (including at least one canoe) to conduct safety checks before the rain started.