Safety Resources

Here are some useful links offering safety advice. Follow these steps before you go out on the water.

For special winter safety tips, click here!


Plan ahead. Pay attention to weather and marine conditions:

Weather and Wind

•  Environment Canada weather

•  Georgia Straight marine forecast

•  Environment Canada pressure slope patterns (good for predicting winds)

•  Wind temperature and webcams

•  Windsurfing, kiteboarding and kayaking weather & info

Tides and Currents

•  Vancouver area tide and current predictor

•  Canadian Hydrographic Services tide, current and water levels

•  Fisheries and Oceans tide, current, and water levels


Wear a personal flotation device (PFD) at all times:

Information on lifejackets and PFDs


Dress appropriately and bring the recommended safety equipment before leaving the shore:

•  Red Cross recommended safety gear

•  Transport Canada emergency communications and safety equipment


Training improves your technical ability and knowledge to make smart choices on the water:

Skills Development

•  Canadian Yachting Association

•  Red Cross Swim Programs

•  Rowing Canada

•  Canadian Masters Windsurfing Association

•  Paddle Canada

Safety Knowledge

•  Transport Canada’s Office of Boating Safety

•  Red Cross Boating Safety

•  Red Cross information on cold water/ hypothermia

•  Canadian Power & Sail Squadrons

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