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At NOSA we insist that everyone is familiar with the safety aspects when sailing and spending time on the  water.

Please be aware of the temperature of Okanagan Lake when you particpate in any on-water activities. water temperatures from mid-September through the winter to July are cold enough to lead to hypothermia when precaustions are not taken. Although the water temperatures are warmer from July to September, wind and rain can still cause hypotermia in the right conditions. NOSA asks that a person should always prepared for any kind of weather when on the water.

Before you take a sailboat out onto the lake, even if it is just for a test sail right in front of the NOSA compound, ensure you are familiar with the operation and behaviour of the boat itself and all the related safety features.

Safety Equipment that should always be on every NOSA boat:

  1. One lifejacket or personal floatation device (PFD), and a water sport helmet will be worn by each person on board
  2. A whistle
  3. One paddle
  4. One bailer or manual bilge pump
  5. One buoyant heaving line at least 15 m (50’) long

Power boats (Boston Whaler and Zodiac):

  1. DOT approved personal floatation device (PFD) worn by  each person on board
  2. One paddle
  3. One bailer or manual bilge pump
  4. One buoyant heaving line at least 15 m (50’) long
  5. One watertight flashlight
  6. One sound-signalling device ( whistle or horn)
  7. Navigation lights
  8. One magnetic compass
Remember that only NOSA members holding a valid Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOP)on board may operate any of the safety boats: It’s the law! For more info about the PCOC see below
Safe sailing:

…In addition to the above safety equipment, every sailor should be prepared for the weather when going sailing.
Sailors know where they are going, what the forecast is, and if they go out of sight of the compound tehy make sure someone at the NOSA compound knows what our plans are. It is important to keep in mind that wind is neither predictable nor consistent. Plan your trips to account for sudden loss of wind as well as gust and storms.
Carry plenty of water and a snack. Don’t forget your sunscreen and wear a hat or cap, and carry clothing to protect yourself from the sun.

Pleasure Craft Operator Competency Program

The Pleasure Craft Operator Competency (PCOC) is a boating safety course created by the Canadian Yachting Association and accredited by the Canadian Coast Guard and Transport Canada. This course was designed to regulate power boats, defined as any boat with an engine or motor of 10 Horse Power or greater. Anyone operating a power boat longer than four metres MUST have their PCOC onboard.

In order to obtain a PCOC you can follow this link to the Transport Canada web-site where information is provided and a list of instances where the exam material can be obtained is referred to. You can also walk into any Canadian Tire outlet to obtain the manual and take the exam.

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Last updated July 16, 2021