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Safe Boating Week - Boater Checklist:
Don't Leave Shore Without It
by: News Canada
Fresh breezes, sunshine and sparkling water - an ideal
combination for summer pleasure boating. Don't let disaster
darken your outing.
Canada's leading provider of first aid training and safety
products, St. John Ambulance, says take precautions to
avoid tragedy. Keep this boater checklist handy and refer
to it before you leave shore every time.
1. Does your boat meet all safety regulations?
2. Is your boat seaworthy and capable of handling the
prevailing water conditions?
3. Do you have an approved lifejacket for every member
of your party?
4. Do you have safety flares and a waterproof lighter?
5. Do you have two buoyant towlines?
6. Do you have an anchor?
7. Do you have a sound-emitting device, such as a horn
8. Do you have paddles or oars?
9. Do you have tools to perform minor mechanical repairs?
10. Do you have a first aid kit?
11. Do you have a fire extinguisher?
12. Do you have sufficient fuel?
13. Have you checked for fuel system leaks or fumes?
14. Do you have water and nourishment?
15. Do you have protection from the elements - sun, wind
Boating is nothing to fool with
Many people think operating a boat requires merely knowing
how to run the motor and steer. That's far from the case.
Should your boat capsize or if you fall overboard, don't
panic. Never attempt to swim to shore unless you are positive
you can easily make it.
Hang on to the boat and wait for help. If you are in the
water for an extended period, be wary of the signs of
hypothermia, which can be present even in warm water conditions.
As the body cools it becomes susceptible to shivering,
slurred speech, and drowsiness - all warning signs of
hypothermia. The condition is severe when shivering stops.
Unconsciousness and stopped breathing could follow. This
is a dangerous, life-threatening condition that requires
immediate first aid.
Here's what to do when a hypothermic casualty is in the
* Tell the casualty not to take off any clothing - clothing
helps keep heat in.
* Tell the casualty to move as little as possible - movement
causes more heat loss.
* When removing the casualty from the water, keep them
horizontal and handle them gently as rough movement could
upset heart rhythm.
St. John has training programs and first aid products
to give you what you need. Contact the St. John Ambulance
branch nearest you or visit our website at www.sja.ca.
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