TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Oct. 9, 2013) - On August 23, 2013 - the Chief Commander of CPS-ECP, Richard Bee formally supported the International Lifejacket Wear Principles - effectively including our organization among those considered to be Safety Partners in this international initiative.
The Principles were formally defined in Sydney, Australia on May 1, 2013 but the foundation blocks were laid at the Canadian Safe Boating Council (CSBC) boating safety symposium at Lake Muskoka, Canada in May, 2012. The goal of the international collaboration is to promote lifejacket wear and to normalise it by encouraging boating media around the world to show people wearing lifejackets in small boats.
Jean Murray, CSBC Chair, notes the initiative is built around the reality that "there is a common, tragic theme in boating fatalities, the majority of lives lost involve a person who did not wear a lifejacket in a small boat."
CPS-ECP is proud to join the following founding signatories to the International Lifejacket Wear Principles as a Safety Partner. The founding members are:
- Australian Recreational Boating Safety Committee
- Canadian Safe Boating Council
- Maritime New Zealand
- Société Nationale de Sauvetage en Mer (France)
- Royal National Lifeboat Institution (U.K.)
As a Safety Partner, CPS-ECP agrees to support the Principles outlined as follow:
- We recognize the fundamental role the wearing of lifejackets plays in the safeguarding of life for water users;
- We recognize the importance of promoting the wearing of lifejackets when boating;
- We endeavour to ensure that any publication including brochures, DVD, video, websites, and the like will feature all people wearing contemporary style lifejackets when in an outside area of a small craft3 that is underway;
- We recommend to the recreational boating industry that its publications similarly feature all people shown wearing lifejackets when in an outside area of a small craft3 that is underway;
- We require on-water education and compliance staff to wear lifejackets whenever they are on the water;
- We use the term "lifejacket" in public information and education; and
- We encourage respective boating safety networks to become 'safety partners' by supporting the above principles.
The concepts behind these principles have driven CPS-ECP goals and objectives for 75 years. This was most notably recognized in 2006 with the CSBC Award for "Visible PFD Wear in Advertising" and an ongoing partnership with Salus, Canadian manufacturers of lifejackets and safe boating accessories.
About Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons
CPS is a community of passionate boaters across Canada who are committed to safety, boating education, and having fun on the water. It is a national volunteer driven organization with a long-standing reputation for offering high-quality educational courses. With a 75 year history and a membership of over 26,000 in 155 Squadrons across the country, CPS has played a major role in boating culture in Canada and is the established leader for the training of recreational boaters. CPS works co-operatively with Transport Canada, Industry Canada, Fisheries and Oceans, Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary, and many other organizations involved in safe boating.