Kelowna Yacht Club is offering a Boating Safety course to help keep everyone safe while on the water

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Kelowna Yacht Club is offering a Boating Safety course to help keep everyone safe while on the water

KELOWNA, BC: Kelowna Yacht Club is offering a Boating Safety course to help keep everyone safe while on the water.

It’s Boating Safety Awareness Week and there is no better time to ensure that you are prepared for spending time on the water.

Kelowna Yacht Club was one of two organizations in British Columbia to receive funding from Transport Canada’s Boating Safety Contribution Program – Recreational Boating Component. This is one of a number of programs across the country with the focus to help Canadians stay safe when on the water.

Going out on the water requires basic boating safety knowledge and a good understanding of the “rules of the road” for Canadian waterways. Anyone who operates a power-driven boat requires proof of competency, the most common being a Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC). With the number of boats and vessels taking to the water each year, Kelowna Yacht Club is focusing on ensuring everyone has the opportunity to equip themselves with the tools required to be as safe as possible when boating.

Kelowna Yacht Club is launching their Boating Safety 101 course which aims to provide members of the Okanagan community with valuable information for safe boating and becoming comfortable out on the water. This course includes attaining your PCOC boating license, a one-hour virtual orientation class and three-hours of practical on-the-water training with an experienced instructor. This course is offered to anyone over the age of thirteen and is free of charge, with sessions available weekly throughout the summer.

“Promoting safety in the Okanagan forms as part of our constitution, and we are grateful to have the support of Transport Canada behind us as we launch this safety campaign and course within our community,” says Executive Director Thom Killingsworth.

Follow Kelowna Yacht Club on Facebook and Instagram for more boating tips and tricks throughout the season!

Transports Canada’s Press Release can be reviewed here.

To find out more about the Kelowna Yacht Club and the Okanagan Boating Safety campaign, please visit https://kelownayachtclub.com/okanagan-boating-safety/.

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