Pre-Departure Checklist (2009) - TP 14525


Pre-Departure Checklist
TP 14525 E
Office of Boating Safety

Be Prepared for the Unexpected
- Check This List Before Every Trip -

  • Lifejackets - Wear Them!
    • Carry a Canadian-approved lifejacket for everyone on board.
    • Make sure they are in good condition (check the zippers, buckles, fabric, seams, etc. ).
    • Check that they are properly sized to fit each person on board.
  • Operator Competency - Are You Ready to Head Out on the Water?
    • Take a boating safety course.
    • Keep your Pleasure Craft Operator Card or other proof of competency on board.
  • Weather - Check and Monitor the Marine Weather Forecast
  • Sail Plan - File Your Plan Before Heading Out
    • Tell a person you trust where you are going and when you will be back.
  • Safety Equipment - Required by Law and Essential for Safety
    • Make sure all equipment is on board, in good working order and easy to reach.
    • Carry a first aid kit, basic tools and spare parts.
  • Charts, Compass and Local Hazards - Know Where You Are at All Times
    • Make sure you are aware of all local hazards, water levels and tides.
  • Fuel - Check Your Tank and Remember: 1/3 to go, 1/3 to return, 1/3 reserve
  • Boat Condition - Should Your Boat Leave the Dock?
    • Check the hull for cracks or other damage.
    • Check the electrical, fuel, propulsion and cooling systems.
    • Make sure the throttle and steering work well.
    • Check the oil.
    • Check all hoses and lines for leaks or cracks and replace if necessary.
    • Make sure all clamps and belts are secure and in good shape.
    • Inspect, clean and replace spark plugs if necessary.
    • Check and change oil and water filters if needed.
    • Check the battery's charge.
    • Make sure the drainage plug is in place.
    • Carry spare plugs for all through hull fittings.
    • Make sure the load on your boat (gear and occupants) is well distributed.
    • Run the blowers for four minutes before starting the engine(s) - check for airflow.
  • Safety Briefing - You Are Legally Responsible for Your Guests
    • Show everyone where the safety equipment is located and how to use it.
    • Make sure the communication equipment works and everyone can use it.