June 24, 2021

British ColumbiaBritish Columbia's four-phase restart plan has entered Phase Two and residents of British Columbia are now invited to #exploreBC this summer. All going well, BC will encourage the rest of the country on July 1st and perhaps even see a border re-open in the coming months. Make a commitment to safe and responsible travel by bookmarking AHOY BC's blog on responsible boating and ensure you Know Before You Go.

Top 10 Tips for Responsible Boating

As travel through British Columbia’s coastal waters resumes, it is important to monitor current travel restrictions and remember to boat responsibly. By dedicating ourselves to exploring the coastal waters of BC responsibly, we can all stay safe, protect communities and ensure that marine lands and waterways stay pristine for future boating enthusiasts.

Boat ResponsiblyConsider the following tips:

1. Know Before you Go: Before embarking on your tour of BC waters, plan where you’re going to stop for fuel, supplies, moorage, etc., and double-check that the places you are planning to stop at are open and accepting visitors.

2. Respect Closures: Pay attention to closures and research ahead of time.

3. Respect Communities: Some communities are especially vulnerable to COVID-19 due to a small number of residents/limited medical facilities and may not be encouraging visitors just yet. If said communities are discouraging visitors, please respect their wishes.

4. Arrange for fuelling: If possible, arrange for fuel stops ahead of time.

5. Boat with your Bubble: Until we are encouraged to socialize with those residing outside of our core bubble, boaters should only travel with their household.

6. Request Service: Call ahead of time if your boat requires service.

7. Keep your Distance: Maintain 2 meters between others, wear a mask when others are around, and avoid anchoring next to others if possible.

8. Pack What You Can: Avoid excessive stops and interactions during your trip by packing as much as you can.

9. Take out what you bring: Limit the stress on community/park infrastructure by packing out what you carry in.

10. Be Safe!: If there’s an emergency, notify responders whether anyone onboard is experiencing symptoms. If you are feeling unwell, stay home.

11. By undertaking the above responsible boating practices, we can ensure a safe and enjoyable summer boating season for all in British Columbia.

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