Be safe around swimming pools, lakes, rivers and other bodies of water. Enjoy water safely by learning how to swim, swimming with a friend, wearing a lifejacket, ensuring children are supervised around water and being responsible by not engaging in risky behaviour.
Always check the weather before and during boating. If you feel that there is any risk, don’t go. When the forecast is poor, stay ashore.
All boaters should:
Sudden changes in wind can cause a rapid buildup of high waves. Many small pleasure crafts are not designed to handle any great amount of wind/waves and can be easily swamped or capsized.
If the weather is becoming threatening, head for shore and safety as quickly as you can safely do so. Having a marine chart on board will allow you to find in a bay, cove or other sheltered location to weather out a storm or wind and wave conditions beyond your boat's capability.
If you find yourself caught in bad weather out on the water:
Environment Canada uses some specific terms in marine weather forecasts to provide boaters with information on the expected conditions:
Enjoy the water safely by learning how to swim, swimming with a friend, wearing a lifejacket, supervising children around water and being responsible by not engaging in risky behaviour.
On hot and sunny days during the summer, keep cool and enjoy the water safely by visiting one of our outdoor pools or a Halton beach. Visit the our YouTube page to watch a water safety message from the Fire Chief.
We offer a number of programs to support safe swimming, including learn to swim opportunities.
For more information on water safety, visit the the Lifesaving Society website.