With summer right around the corner, Calgarians will soon be looking to take their family activities outdoors. If your family is planning to go floating, boating, or kayaking down the Bow and Elbow rivers, or enjoy a community lake this summer, don’t forget that where there’s water, there’s risk.
Each year, the Calgary Police Service Marine Unit works with other partner agencies to remind citizens of water safety. This means wearing a life jacket or a Personal Flotation Device (PFD) at all times, not just having one close by.
Even experienced boaters can easily run into unexpected trouble, including:
In an effort to keep Calgary’s waterways family-friendly, it is also worth noting that police will enforce regulations around consuming and/or transporting of alcohol or drugs, which is dangerous and illegal.
The Calgary Police Service would like to remind those looking to have some fun on water this summer to:
To learn more about staying safe on our waters this summer, visit calgary.ca/watersafety.
Steve Barlow is the interim Chief Constable of the Calgary Police Service.
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