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Special Edition – National Volunteer Week
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Safe Navigation

Raising the awareness of pleasure boaters about safe navigational practices… this is a goal of numerous volunteers. Often on the front lines, volunteer squadrons are generous with their time in accomplishing essential and unparalleled work. Of these, the Fédération de voile du Québec, Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary and Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons—because of their dynamic commitment—are solid Fisheries and Oceans Canada partners in promoting safety on the water.

The volunteer instructors with the Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons and the Fédération de voile du Québec offer courses and are dedicated to transmitting the information needed for safe navigation. In addition to assisting recreational boaters, Squadron members regularly notify the Canadian Hydrographic Service whenever they discover the slightest danger on the waterways so that a notice to mariners can be issued.

The Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary has a rich tradition in maritime volunteering. Available around the clock, the volunteer members are dedicated to raising the awareness of pleasure boaters as to the importance of having current navigational charts aboard. These charts are indispensable tools for anyone setting out on the water. Auxiliary members also take part in rescue operations.

Finally, we cannot overlook the work done by the Conseil québécois du nautisme which every year conducts an awareness raising campaign to encourage boaters to adopt safe navigational practices. Together, all members considerably help reduce the risk of accidents on the waterway.

Kristine Bossé-Fortin
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