Research has shown that unexpected immersion in water can place a boater at serious risk if they are not wearing a flotation device to assist them in those first moments. This is true regardless of the experience of the boater, the nearness to shore and even swimming ability. The body's reaction to the surprise of going overboard and the shock of cold water can profoundly affect breathing, nerves and muscle strength. Wearing a lifejacket gives you time to adjust to the emergency and allows you to assist others. Learn more in Key Safety Information.
Information about Lifejackets and PFDs from the Safe Boating Guide
Pleasure craft must have a Canadian approved device of the appropriate size for each person on board. You can choose between lifejackets and PFDs depending on your boating activity.
A few words on lifejackets and personal flotation devices in Canada
What's a PFD? What's a lifejacket? Which one should I have? Which one do I need? Which one is better? Read on and find out!
Note please: Cushions are no longer approved as personal flotation equipment on any vessel.