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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 the water in the lake before you undertake anything close to or in the water.   Okanagan Lake temperatures warm up in June to Mid September;   and the  water temperatures  in the spring until July 1st   and then after  mid- September are cold  enough to  lead to hypothermia with extended  exposure if dunked in the lake.

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.

What to carry on board of a NOSA boat for safety:

  1. One lifejacket or personal floatation device (PFD) for 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 on board may operate any of the safety boats    (It’s the Law)  See later on this page.
Safe sailing:

…in addition to the above we ensure we are prepared for the weather when we go sailing.
We know where we go, what the forecast is and if we go out of sight of the compound we make sure someone at the NOSA compound knows what our plans are.
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.

There are times when  Okanagan L ake winds are  fickle,   and while you head out on the water to catch a   good breeze,   you may also find sometimes that the wind dies down and you may be on the water for hours.
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.

Anyone operating a power boat greater than 4 meters and with a motor  of 10 HP or larger MUST have their  Pleasure Craft Operator Card ( PCOC )  on board.

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.

A power boat is any boat with an  engine or motor   l10 HP or larger.
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Last updated February 24, 2015