Boat Smart team travels across the country encouraging Canadians to practice safe boating

The BoatSmart team set up an information booth in front of Canadian Tire. - K. Dingman
The BoatSmart team set up an information booth in front of Canadian Tire.
— image credit: K. Dingman

The Boat Smart team made a pit stop at the Fernie Canadian Tire on Sunday as part of their Canada wide summer tour.

Celebrating their 10th anniversary, Boat Smart members are travelling from coast to coast in an effort to raise money to send disadvantaged youth to camp.

The team is encouraging Canadians to share their favorite boating moments on social media.

For every photo share on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook using the hashtag #boatsmartmoment, the Boart Smart team will be donating $1 to camps across the country.

Their goal is to raise $10,000 for six Canadian camps including Camp Goodtimes—a British Columbia recreational camp for children and teens with cancer.

“The camps that we are stopping off at, the kids, we’re taking them out on the water because some don’t have access to a boat. It’s to introduce them to something that they don’t normally get to take part in,” social media and personal relations (PR) lead Tashonna McDougall said.

Boat Smart is also encouraging Canadians to get their boating licenses, either online or at the Boat Smart booth.

“It’s just to have the knowledge by getting your Boat Smart card because then you’re confident out on the water and then you can spend more time having fun,”McDougall said.

“It’s the law that you have to have your license.”

The team has travelled across nine provinces so far.

McDougall said they plan to finish their tour in Tofino B.C. within the next three weeks.

“Enjoying a Canadian summer is one of the best things ever no matter province you’re in,” she said.

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