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Boating and Water Sports Safety

This is why we are at Lac Bernard – boating, and enjoying the water and peaceful lake atmosphere. Let’s be sure to share and protect that!

Know your wake

Not all wakes are created equal! Be sure to know how your wake may be impacting swimmers, kayakers, canoeists, and especially the shoreline and loon nests. Wakeboard boats can be trimmed to throw a wake that is excellent for large jumps and wake surfing – but wakes of those sizes can swamp a kayak, can really affect the balance of a canoeist, cause a swimmer to take a gasp of water at the wrong time, and do cause significant erosion to the shorelines. Be sure to trim your boat accordingly when not pulling for watersports to reduce this unpleasant impact.

Jet Skis, Sea-Doos, Personal Watercraft (PWC)

Jet skis are a great source of fun and amusement – however please be aware of your surroundings. It’s easy to get focused on your own play when doing successive circles and jumps but it’s important to remain aware of other boats and kayakers that may be entering into your area without your notice. Please be aware of your location on the lake when doing successive circles and jumps – please move about the lake in short periods. It’s easy to remain in one part of the lake but the neighbours in that area may quickly tire of the sound and the resulting wakes.

Speed

Sea Doos and PWCs have amazing power-to-weight ratio. Man, they can move! It’s easy to get them up past 60mph – but please- in the large areas of the lake only – it can be scary to be in a small boat or Stand-Up Paddleboard (SUP) and be closely passed by a PWD doing that kind of speed in a small channel. Know your water, and be mindful of others.

Pulled water sports

Be sure to know the rules that apply to the sports that you are enjoying. Especially with regard to the number of people that should be in the boat as spotters, and the number of available seats. There always needs to be a spotter in the boat. When pulling skiers behind SeaDoos, there needs to be a spotter in the boat, and an available seat for the skier.


Safety tips

It’s easy to get casual about boating safety and regulations in familiar water – but let’s be sure that we don’t read about an accident involving a fellow cottager. Be sure to keep in mind: Navigation lights should be operational, and turned on at dusk. Always have spare ropes, lifejackets, throwing weights, paddles or oars, bailers on board – just in case.

Above all – when being approached by another boat – make your intentions about your direction of travel obvious, and make them early. Be sure the other boat knows, soon, where you plan to travel.


Courtesy tips

Know your wake, and how it may impact others. When approaching a dad teaching his daughter to deep-start waterski, think about reducing your wake for her, and not crossing Dad’s path of travel. Your wake can impact those trying to slalom waterski, or barefoot waterski.