Steven Cahill is the owner of Hook’n Them Up Fishing Charters located in Port McNeill.

Fishin’ Corner: Boating safety, it’s your responsibility.

It is mandatory that everyone possess a POCC Card, or, for a guide such as myself, to have an SVOP.

While you may think that nothing will ever happen to you, that you’re super safe on the water and you follow the rules of the road, have all the right navigation equipment, radio, and safety equipment.

The fact is, accidents happen. People often operate without proper equipment, insurance or even the proper knowledge to operate in the weather conditions they plan on fishing or boating in.

It is mandatory that everyone possess a POCC Card, or, for a guide such as myself, to have an SVOP.

As a boat operator in Canada, you are legally responsible for equipping yourself, your passengers and your boat with the right equipment.

Please do not add custom modifications to your vessel without proper guidance from Transport Canada Safety.

If you do the work or modify your vessel in a manner that is not a compliant you will be fined, or possibly worse if you cause an accident and are found to be at fault.

So here are some rules and regulations to keep you and others safe out on the water.

Navigation Lights

Sidelights are red (port) and green (starboard) and shine from dead ahead to 112.5° aft on either side.

Stern lights are white and shine aft and 67.5° forward on each side. (Thus, the sidelights and stern light creates a full circle of light.) All-round lights are white and shine through 360°. Masthead lights are white and shine from 112.5° on the port side through dead ahead to 112.5° on the starboard side. They must be above the sidelights.

Safety Equipment

1. PDF Personal Flotation Device

2. Buoyant Heaving Line

3. lifebuoy

4. reboarding device

5. Watertight flashlight

6. Canadian approved flares

7. Paddles

8. Anchor

9. Manual Bilge Pump

10. Bailing bucket

11. Navigation Lights

12. Marine VHF Radio

13. Magnetic Compass

14. Fire extinguishers

15. In some cases radar reflector

16. Boater safety Manual

17. First aid kit

To see what exactly you need to have on your particular vessel, please visit a Transport Canada approved safety website so you can ensure that you have the right equipment for your vessel.

It is indeed your responsibility to ensure you are operating your vessel properly at all times in all weather conditions.

Simply saying ‘I didn’t know’, just doesn’t cut it.

I hope everyone stays safe out there and has a fantastic time this year on the water.

Until next time folks, tips up and tight lines and keep on fishin’!

Steven Cahill is a Field Tester for Gibbs Delta Tackle, Oki Tackle, Pesca Lures & freelance writer as well as Owner of Hook’n Them Up Fishing Charters located in Port McNeill. Toll-Free:1-855-805(FISH)3474 Cell 250-230-0579 www.vanislefishing.com.

Just Posted

Port Alice gets two RCMP officers stationed in the village

“The second Port Alice RCMP position has been filled”

B.C. storm totals $37M in insured damages

The December storm wreaked havoc on B.C.’s south coast

New look and feel on the horizon for Gate House Theatre in Port McNeill

“We are hoping between now and then to do another fundraising campaign for acoustics”

North Island Bantam Eagles capture Tier Three banner with win over Powell River Kings

The Eagles next game is Jan. 19 against the Juan De Fuca Grizzlies at 4:00 p.m. in Port McNeill.

Mainroad meets with Regional District of Mount Waddington

“It was really nice to have Mainroad there to give a presentation to the RD”

B.C. opioid crisis to get same world-renowned treatment approach as HIV/AIDS

A program that focuses on treatment as prevention will roll out Jan. 17

Overworked and understaffed: More than 300 vacancies in Vancouver Island nursing

Tentative deal with province includes ‘working short premium’ to encourage hiring

Olympian snowboarder Max Parrot diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma

Each year in Canada, approximately 900 people are diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma

‘Prince of Pot’ Marc Emery accused of sexual assault, harassment

Emery denied the allegations, but a Toronto woman says she is not the only one speaking out

Vancouver Island photographer makes National Geographic’s 2018 elite

Rare double honour for Marston from the 36 best Your Shots out of nearly 19,000 photos

Ex-Liberal candidate in Burnaby, B.C., says volunteer wrote controversial post

Karen Wang dropped out following online post singling out NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh’s ethnicity

Asteroids are smacking Earth twice as often as before

The team counted 29 craters that were no older than 290 million years

Canada’s arrest of Huawei exec an act of ‘backstabbing,’ Chinese ambassador says

China has called Canada’s arrest of Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou ‘politically motivated’

RCMP’s use of force in arrest of Island man not excessive, judge rules

Campbell River man high on cocaine led high speed chase through city’s downtown

Most Read