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Safe Recreation in the Shuswap

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.

 Seven Top Tips

 Here are seven 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.
  7. Watch - don't just listen - for trouble in the water. Don't be distracted while supervising children.

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

A PFD loaner station

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 helping to finance three PFD loaner stations. Thanks to RCM-SAR and many community sponsors, there are 15 loaner stations in the Shuswap, with three more being built in 2021

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

 Map of PFD loaner stations in the Shuswap

 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:


ReTooling for Climate Change:

FBC Youth:

Climate Action Toolkit: 

Salmon-Safe BC

Contact Us

FBC has offices in Vancouver, Kamloops, Williams Lake 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