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:
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
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 14 loaner stations in the Shuswap, with a 15th coming soon.
Stations are located at:
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 on Recreation
Here are 7 tips for having fun and staying safe, 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!