Safe Boating Awareness Week launch coast to coast.
The CSBC Safe Boating Awareness Week launch effectively kicked off the May 24th Weekend focusing on 5 key messages.
Launches were held in Halifax, Quebec City, Toronto, Vancouver and Winnipeg.
It was perfect spring weather in Winnipeg, with sunny skies and a calm breeze. Five TV cameras arrived on scene to capture the variety of events and displays promoting boating safety. An 18’ Lund Pro Angler boat complete with all the required safety gear was set up adjacent the speaker’s podium. Dr. Gordon Giesbrecht, aka Professor Popsicle, demonstrated the effects of cold water immersion using a dunk tank and lifeguard instructors who were dropped into water with temperatures hovering around 5 degrees. This provided great visuals for the risks of cold water and an excellent teaching tool bringing awareness about cold water immersion. The Winnipeg Police Service featured an alcohol specialist informing the media about drinking and boating and the consequences. Of course everyone were wearing PFD’s in support and promotion of lifejacket wear. To top the day off, the Provincial Minister of Healthy Living and Seniours attended and proclaimed Safe Boating Awareness Week in the Province of Manitoba.
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The Canadian Safe Boating Council (CSBC) received funding from Transport Canada’s Boating Safety Contribution Program to carry out a comprehensive three-year Canadian Safe Boating Campaign beginning in April 2013 and running until the end of March 2016.
The Canadian Safe Boating Council is offering funding to Canadian not-for-profit agencies, organizations, and other groups to help promote boating safety in their communities. Called the CSBC Grass Roots Contribution Program, each proposal can request up to $ 2,500 in financial support.