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.
8 Top Tips
Here are eight top tips for having fun and staying safe in the Shuswap:
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
Bruce Weicker, Royal Canadian Marine Search & Rescue Station 106, and Erin Vieira, Program Manager for the Shuswap Watershed Council, hang lifejackets at the self-serve lifejacket loaner kiosk located at Old Town Bay in Sicamous. Photo taken May 2022. Credit: Cliff Doherty.
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 now 19 loaner stations in the Shuswap.
See the Map of "Kids Don't Float" Lifejacket Kiosks.
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
Canadian Red Cross – Lifejackets and PFDs
Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue, Station 106 Shuswap
Transport Canada – Office of Boating Safety
Water Safety Tips
Here are 8 Tips for Having Fun and Staying Safe in the Shuswap, in quick-to-download format. Keep it handy on your phone!
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!