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:
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.
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:
Additional loaner stations are planned for other locations in the future.
Canadian Red Cross Lifejacket Campaign
Research 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
New Recreation Safety Program
See the SWC's June 24 media release about recreational safety in the Shuswap. Play safe!
Find our tips in flyer format — perfect to download and travel with you.
RCM-SAR Safe Boating App
Download the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue (RCM-SAR) Safe Boating app for iPhone or Android.
You'll find boating equipment requirements, helpful checklists, VHF radio channels, and more. Check it out!