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Special-purpose Vessels Regulations (SOR/2008-121)

Regulations are current to 2020-10-05

Operational Requirements (continued)

 Before an excursion is started, every person on the excursion, other than the guides, shall receive a safety briefing that includes

  • (a) information about the excursion and a warning about the nature of the hazards of the waters in which it will take place;

  • (b) a description of the general safety precautions to take and the routine procedures to follow in the waters;

  • (c) details of the requirement under section 13 to wear equipment, as well as directions regarding its use; and

  • (d) a description of the procedures to follow in the event of emergencies during the excursion, including casualties, persons overboard and the swamping and capsizing of vessels.

  •  (1) Every person who is provided with a small-vessel lifejacket, white-water vest or personal flotation device under section 7 shall wear it when on board a vessel.

  • (2) Every person who is provided with a helmet under subsection 7(4) shall wear it when on board a vessel in class 3 or above waters.

  • (3) Every person who is provided with gear under subsection 7(6) shall wear it when on board a vessel in class 3 or above waters where the water temperature is less than 15°C.

 Any equipment or material that is on board a vessel and that is not being used shall be properly stowed and secured in place when the vessel is moving.

 No person may be allowed on board a vessel if there are reasonable grounds to believe that their faculties are impaired by alcohol or a drug to an extent that they might present a hazard to the vessel or to persons on board it.

 Except in an emergency, no vessel shall be operated

  • (a) in class 3 or above waters unless it is accompanied by another vessel, whether inflatable or not; or

  • (b) in class 3 or above waters during the period beginning one-half hour after sunset and ending one-half hour before sunrise.

 On every excursion, a rescue plan in respect of the excursion that contains the procedures to be followed in the event of an emergency, including the following procedures, shall be carried on a vessel:

  • (a) a description of the means of communication to be used in an emergency;

  • (b) emergency telephone numbers, such as the telephone numbers of local law enforcement and search and rescue groups;

  • (c) a description of pull-out or extraction sites from which, in an emergency, persons can be transported by air or land; and

  • (d) the procedures to be followed in a medical emergency.


 Every person in charge of an enterprise that engages in an excursion shall keep, for three years after the excursion, records that include

  • (a) in respect of each guide on the excursion, the name of the guide, the date of the excursion, the number of passengers on the excursion and the class of waters and a geographical description of the waters in which the excursion took place;

  • (b) information in respect of the certificates required by paragraph 10(1)(b) and section 11, including the name of the holder of the certificate, its date of issuance and, if applicable, the name of the institution that issued it and the endorsed propulsion method;

  • (c) the contents of the safety briefing required by section 12; and

  • (d) a copy of the rescue plan required by section 17.

Consequential Amendments to the Small Vessel Regulations


Coming into Force

 These Regulations come into force on the day on which they are registered.

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