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Recreation Safety Education

The Shuswap Watershed Council wants the Shuswap to be a safe place for people to play.

That is why we are reaching out through public education campaigns focused on safety in water recreation. This is especially important for issues that are unique to the Shuswap, and for issues of which there is little public awareness.

 Six Top Tips

 Here are six top tips for having fun and staying safe in the Shuswap:

  1. Whether boating, floating, towing, paddling or SUPing, wear a lifejacket or PFD.
  2. Have a sober skipper! Never boat under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  3. Be prepared for every outing on the water. Check your pre-departure checklist.
  4. Be extra cautious around cold water, such as in early summer or diving more than a few feet below the surface. Cold water can disable you from re-surfacing.
  5. Always use a spotter for tow sports.
  6. Watch for floating and partially sub-merged debris. The Shuswap is surrounded by forest, and logs and other debris may be in the water at all times of year.

Lifejacket Loaner Stations


You can borrow a lifejacket for a child free of charge from a “Kids Don’t Float” PFD loaner station, provided by the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue (RCM-SAR), Station 106 Shuswap.

Official opening of the Salmon Arm Wharf PFD Loaner Station on October 14th, 2016. Left to right: RCM-SAR Station Leader Rob Sutherland; SWC Chair Paul Demenok; Salmon Arm Mayor and SWC member Nancy Cooper; Knights of Columbus representatives Ken Nowicki and Lorne Lazzarotto; and Shuswap Lifeboat Society President Bruce Weicker.

The Shuswap Watershed Council is pleased to support this great initiative. On October 14th 2016, Chair Paul Demenok presented a cheque to Bruce Weicker and Rob Sutherland in the amount of $1200 to go toward a PFD loaner station at the Salmon Arm Wharf (Marine Peace Park, downtown Salmon Arm). Thanks to RCM-SAR and many community donors, there are now five loaner stations in the Shuswap. They are located at:

  • Sicamous Beach
  • Canoe Beach
  • Shuswap Lake Provincial Park at Scotch Creek
  • Herald Provincial Park
  • Salmon Arm Wharf

Additional loaner stations are planned for other locations in the future.

Canadian Red Cross Lifejacket Campaign

swc_lifejacket_250px.jpgResearch from the Canadian Red Cross — our country’s leading agency on water safety and education — shows that over 87% of those who died from drowning (1991-2000) were not wearing a lifejacket or personal flotation device (PFD) at the time, or did not have the device properly secured. Children aged 1-4 years are among those at greatest risk.

Ensure your child’s lifejacket fits snugly, and is properly secured every time you head out on the water.

Visit Safety Sites

Canadian Red Cross – Lifejackets and PFDs

Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue, Station 106 Shuswap

Transport Canada – Office of Boating Safety



Our Vision

Social well-being supported by a vibrant economy and sustained by a healthy environment.

About the Fraser Basin Council

The Fraser Basin Council (FBC) is a charitable non-profit organization that brings people together to advance sustainability in the Fraser River Basin and throughout BC. Established in 1997, FBC is a collaboration of four orders of government (federal, provincial, local and First Nations) along with those from the private sector and civil society. We work with people in multiple sectors, helping them find collaborative solutions to today’s issues through a commitment to the social, economic and environmental dimensions of sustainability. Our focus is on healthy water and watersheds, action on climate change and air quality and strong, resilient communities and regions.

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Contact Us

FBC has offices in Vancouver, Kamloops, Williams Lake, Quesnel and Prince George. We also have staff located in Abbotsford and Vernon.

To reach us, see FBC Offices and FBC Staff.

Our main office is:

Fraser Basin Council
1st Floor, 470 Granville Street
Vancouver, BC V6C 1V5

T: 604 488-5350
F: 604 488-5351