Obey the Big Three of Boating Safety and Stay Safe


2017-05-18 08:37 PDT

It’s Boating Awareness Week and Coquitlam RCMP wants to remind boaters that being smart and obeying the Big Three is the best way to stay safe and avoid the expense and hassle of getting a ticket on the water.

The Big Three means:

Pleasure Craft Operators Card (PCOC): Even the smallest outboard motor, electric motor, or backup motor means you must have a PCOC. An in-person or online boating safety course will cost about $50.

Lifejackets for everyone: Whether you paddle a canoe or pilot a yacht; every boat on the water needs to have a lifejacket for every person on board.

License with Transport Canada: Any boat that is powered by motors with a total power output of 7.5kw (10hp) or more must be licensed. For details on how you can get this free license, which is valid for 10 years, go to Transport Canada’s boating safety web page.

We patrol parts of the Fraser River, Pitt River, Burrard Inlet and Indian Arm, says Cpl. Justin Abels with The Coquitlam RCMP Rural Section, we’ll be checking for everything from impaired boating, to illegal crabbing, to speed enforcement, but most of all we want people to stay safe.

The Big Three is based on enforcement numbers for 2016. Less than 25% of the boats checked by Coquitlam RCMP last year were in full compliance and more than 160 safety violations were found.

Check the Transport Canada website for additional safety requirements for your particular boat type.

Released by

Cst. Jennifer Goodings

Media Relations
Coquitlam RCMP
2986 Guildford Way, Coquitlam, BC, V3B 7Y5
Office: 604-945-1580

Email: coquitlam_media@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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