You’ve got your license and updated your electronics. Your reel is strung with fresh line, the hooks on your favourite lures have been sharpened and you’re up on catch limits and slot sizes in your area. YOU ARE READY... or are you.
What about your lifejacket? The Lifesaving Society reports that, in Canada, between 2006 and 2010 an average of 134 people drowned per year while fishing. Traditionally, 80% of drownings involve victims who weren’t wearing their lifejacket. It’s in the boat. Why not make the decision to wear yours whenever you go fishing this year? If you fall in, your chances of survival will be greatly increased, especially in cold water.
These aren’t the same old bulky lifejackets that your dad made you wear whenever he took you fishing. They’re lighter and cooler with models designed specifically for anglers. Inflatables are also a great option for those 16 years of age and older in that they’re lightweight, adjustable and extremely comfortable. They come in manual and auto-inflate models and are available in vest and pouch styles. Inflatables must, however, be worn while on deck to be legal.
Wearing your lifejacket while in the boat makes you immediately prepared should something suddenly go wrong and you’re tossed into the water. It also provides a great example to your kids who look up to you for information and guidance.
You’ve got them hooked on fishing as a fun activity that you can share together. The Canadian Safe Boating Council asks that your whole family becomes hooked on lifejackets as well.
Visit The Canadian Safe Boating Council’s website www.csbc.ca for more information.