Each year 125 Canadians die in boating incidents, including 18 in Ontario, according to Cameron Taylor, who runs the test needed to obtain a boating licence in Canada.
Taylor, who works for BoatSmart, said more than 100 of those deaths can be prevented by a life jacket.
But wearing a life jacket is just one of the precautions everyone must take before stepping into their powerboat and motoring out onto the nearest lake or river, he added.
Taylor spoke to the CBC's Omar Dabaghi-Pacheco about safety tips.
Watch the short video above to learn more about a boat safety kit and its importance, then read below for the full list of boat safety tips:
- Have a full tank of gas (or enough gas to last several hours).
- Bring a life-preserver/life-jacket that fits properly.
- Have your boat operator card (boating licence) — a $250 fine if you don't have one.
- Check your boat to make sure it's sturdy and safe.
- Stay sober (Taylor estimates effects of alcohol are four times higher on the water).
- Carry a boat safety kit, which includes a flashlight, whistle and buoyant safety line.