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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.

Silent Drowning

Did you know that drowning victims are usually silent? All of their energy and focus is put into staying afloat, not calling for help. That is why it's so important to always watch – not listen – when you are there to supervise swimmers.

Here's an article on how to watch for signs of drowning: Getting to Know "Silent Drowning."

Lifejacket Loaner Stations

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

The Shuswap Watershed Council is pleased to support this great initiative by providing two contributions of $1,200 each to RCM-SAR Station 106. The funds support PFD loaner stations at the Salmon Arm Downtown boat launch and Sunnybrae Community Park. Thanks to RCM-SAR and many community donors, there are now 11 loaner stations in the Shuswap, and a 12th will be built soon.

Stations are located at:

  • Sicamous boat launch
  • Old Town Bay boat launch
  • Canoe Beach Park
  • Downtown Salmon Arm boat launch
  • Sunnybrae Community Park
  • Herald Provincial Park
  • Harbour Road boat launch
  • Sandy Beach community park
  • Markwart Road boat launch – coming in summer 2017
  • Shuswap Lake Provincial Park
  • Magna Bay Park
  • Chase boat launch.

See the Map of "Kids Don't Float" Lifejacket Kiosks.

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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.

FBC Project and
Partner Sites

Plug in BC:
www.pluginbc.ca

BuySmart Network:
www.buysmartbc.com

BC Rural Network:
www.bcruralnetwork.ca

Rethinking our Water Ways:
www.rethinkingwater.ca

ReTooling for Climate Change:
www.retooling.ca

Climate Action Toolkit:
www.toolkit.bc.ca

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
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