National Safe Boating Week is May 20 through 26, launching the 2017 North American Safe Boating Campaign. This year-round campaign encourages boaters to be mindful of the importance of consistent voluntary use of safety jackets. As the boating season begins in Canyon Lake, boaters are reminded to review the Canyon Lake POA Rules and Regulations on boating safety.
According to the National Safe Boating Council, hundreds of people lose their lives each year in boating accidents and many could have been prevented had they been wearing a life jacket. In 2015, three-fourths of recreational boating fatalities were caused by drowning and 85 percent of those who drowned were not wearing safety jackets according to U.S. Coast Guard statistics.
Canyon Lake POA rules pertaining to life jackets are as follows:
- LM.7.5 requires motorized sailboats and motorboats to have one Coast Guard approved life jacket per person on board.
- LM.8.2 requires non-motorized sailboats, rowboats, kayaks, canoes, paddle boards and pedal boats to have one approved life jacket of each person on board.
- Rule L.M.6.10 requires all persons under the age of 13 to wear a U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket recommended for their weight while in any vessel.
- Rule LM.9.2 requires all skiers to wear a Coast Guard approved water skiing vest.
- The POA requires a safety inspection for a new member with a boat, an existing member with a boat every two years and for a change of ownership. The safety inspection must be obtained from Marine Patrol during regular hours of operation. Prior to obtaining a safety inspection, members must pass a boater’s safety exam. The exam can be taken online on the POA’s website at canyonlakepoa.com.
A complete list of the POA’s Lake and Marina Rules and Regulations can be found on the POA website in the “Governing Documents” section.