Safety Resources

Water Safety

The importance of water safety cannot be understated. To help everyone reduce risk while enjoying time on the water, please consider the following safety precautions.

When you're planning a day on the water, be sure to:

  • Research water conditions, including flow rates. Information for flow rates in Alberta can be found at rivers.alberta.ca
  • Consider weather conditions.
  • Tell someone where you are going and when to expect you to return.
  • Utilize the proper personal flotation device (PFDs) for the activity you are participating in, for more information on PFDs click here.

Make sure you have the following before heading out:

  • Proper fitted personal flotation devices for everyone on the watercraft. 
  • The correct type of watercraft suitable for the body of water and current conditions. 
  • Enough water, food, sunscreen to stay hydrated and comfortable. 
  • A cell phone for emergencies.
  • A water safety kit.

What should be in a water safety kit: 

As per Transport Canada, the minimum requirements are based upon the crafts length. For a motorized craft no greater than 6 metres in length, the following equipment is required: 

  • Appropriately sized, Canadian-approved PFD or life jacket, for each person on board;
  • A buoyant heaving line (15 metres in length);
  • Manual propelling device or anchor with at least 15 metres of rope, cable or chain;
  • Bailer or hand pump;
  • Sound-signalling device;
  • Navigation lights if the craft is used between sunset and sunrise or during periods of reduced visibility (mist, rain); 
  • A class 5BC fire extinguisher for any craft equipped with an inboard motor, fixed fuel tank, and/or any fuel-burning cooking, heating or refrigeration units;
  • A waterproof flashlight or 3 Canadian-approved flares (type A, B or C) (not mandatory for a craft without a motor, i.e canoe, kayak, etc.); 
  • A vessel license if your craft is outfitted (even temporarily) with any motor of 10hp or more (not mandatory for a craft without a motor, i.e canoe, kayak, etc.).