Become a Better Boater

Updated May 2024

E-Learning Modules

We are pleased to provide links to several E-learning modules on boating, prepared by Scott Ferguson a member of the Muskoka Lakes Association. We thank the MLA for allowing us to link to these wonderful E-learning Modules. 

Click on each red heading to learn more and to watch each E-module.

The law, safe boating practices and courtesy. Learn about “shared space”, obey the speed limit- sign or no sign- especially in notoriously busy channels. Observe right-of-way, prevent boat fires and explosions, protect yourself and your passengers against bad weather, cold weather and load, preserve our shores and do your part to ensure that everyone in your area of the lake has a great day on the lake.

Learn both the science and art of maneuvering near shore. Depart from the dock with your boat – and your relationships – undamaged. Stop your boat skillfully and safely. Land your boat – sideways! – to amaze your family and friends. 

Learn the responsibilities and signals of the driver, observer, person being towed and the cheering section on shore. Learn safe and effective take-offs and landings. Choose a speed and a route that provide the optimal experience for the persons being towed. Approach a fallen skier, boarder, or tuber in the water in a way that ensures their safety and peace of mind.

Only about 10 feet in length, PWCs are less expensive than most boats (attractive to entry-level boaters), powerful (some have more horsepower than an SUV) and fast (up to 120Km/hr). Most have no rudder and not brakes. When you lend a PWC to family or friends, you have the duty of care to perform. Learn about “safe speed”, rights of way. maneuvering skills, “neighbourly courtesy” and how to train your family and guest to have safe and enjoyable PWC experience on the lake. 

Learn five ways that night boating is unique. Consider the case against using car-style headlight. Pick up tips from pilots who fly at night. Learn 12 ways to stay safe including how to detect boats that don’t have lights so you don’t hit them. Learn how safe and enjoyable night boating can enrich your lake experience.

Safe Boating Webinar Series

We thank MLA for allowing us to link to several of their safe boating webinars. 

10 Boating Tips to Save Lives

Prompted by the increase in boating fatalities and accidents in recent years, MLA presents information on 10 defensive boating tips to save lives. Special guest OPP Sgt. Dave Moffatt addresses Ontario boating accident stats, including victim age and gender, life jacket use, and boat size. 

Click on the Red Arrow to start Webinar: Avoid Boating Tragedy – 10 Boating Tips to Save Lives

Muskoka Lakes Association & Safe Quiet Lakes Webinar – Addressing Wakes, Speed and Noise

Diana Piquette of Safe Quiet Lakes speaks to their advocacy on current issues, such as wakes, speed and noise on our lakes including the Traffic Calming Project on Mirror Lake in Muskoka. 

Click the Red Arrow to watch the Webinar: Wakes, Speed and Noise

Staying Safe on the Water

Over the past few years, we have seen an alarming increase in boating accidents and fatalities in Ontario. Special guest speakers include Dave Moffatt from the OPP and John Gullick from the Canadian Safe Boating Council. The webinar also includes a question and answer session and an e-module on safe boating.

Click the Red Arrow to Watch Webinar: Staying Safe on the Water

Related Content

Boating Code of Conduct

Safe Boating

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