Alcohol is a major contributing factor in drowning while boating
Although progress has been made in the reduction of automobile
drinking and driving offences over the past 10 years, incidences of
drinking and driving a boat continue to be commonplace.
If you drink, don't drive your boat. In Ontario, if you are
convicted of driving a boat while under the influence, you will
lose your license to operate your boat and your car.
Learn to Swim
Basic swimming ability is a fundamental requirement in any
meaningful attempt to eliminate drowning in Canada. The Lifesaving
Society offers training programs from learn-to-swim through advanced lifesaving, lifeguarding and leadership.
Our Swim for
Life program stresses lots of in-water practice to develop
solid swimming strokes and skills. We incorporate valuable Water
Smart® education that will last a lifetime.
Survive is a Lifesaving Society survival training program. Swim
to Survive is not a subsititute for swimming lessons; instead, it defines the
minimum skills needed to survive an unexpected fall into deep
water. People of all ages should be able to perform the Society's
Swim to Survive standard.