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Canadian Safe Boating Council

fall 2011 newsletter

CSBC Newsletter – Fall 2011

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The Canadian Safe Boating Council would like to share our fall newsletter with you. It contains a brief overview on the various activities that we have been working on and some exciting upcoming events.

Greetings from the Chair

Jean Murray

I’m honoured to be appointed Chair of the Canadian Safe Boating Council for the coming year, and look forward to working with our committed Directors, members and partners to promote safe and responsible boating throughout Canada. As a charitable organization with no ongoing source of funding, we rely on the support of our sponsors, partners and the sweat equity of our volunteers. I would like to thank each and every one of you for helping us to make a difference.

Our outreach efforts for Safe Boating Awareness Week (SBAW) were better than ever this year and we had a real impact - SBAW and other CSBC projects were the promotion source for over 75% of community newspaper articles on safe boating awareness. And if you haven’t done so recently, I urge you to check out our Smartboater website – http://www.smartboater.ca – which has a wealth of resources to make boating safer and more enjoyable. Our thanks go to the National Search and Rescue Secretariat for their support of this valuable project.

The CSBC Board of Directors recently approved a new Strategic Plan and Vision for the future, highlighted in this newsletter. Our Action Priority One for the coming year is to develop and implement a plan to increase business, sponsorship and other revenues so that we have consistent and stable funding to fulfill our mission. We will also be working on expanding membership, as well as increasing membership retention and support. Please contact our Ways and Means Chair, Robert Dupel, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , for sponsorship opportunities, and our Membership Chair, Bob Minielly, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , for ways you can get involved.

We look forward in this issue of the newsletter to reporting on an excellent CSBC Symposium in St. John’s. As a Newfoundlander, I may be just a little biased, but can’t help agreeing with the participants who told us this was the best Symposium ever! And with our two Cold Water Boat Camp sessions drawing over 170 participants, it is clear that the CSBC’s offering is touching a cord of very high interest in cold water factors and boating safety.

And with boating season in many parts of Canada drawing to close, now is a good time to look back on the year and think about those people who have contributed to safe and environmentally responsible boating in 2011. The Canadian Safe Boating Awards (the CASBAs) are a great way to recognize these efforts. November 4th is our deadline for nominations, so don’t miss the opportunity to nominate a deserving candidate from your boating community!

Jean Murray

Highlights of the September 2011 Canadian Safe Boating Council (CSBC) Annual Symposium in St. John’s, Newfoundland


Marine Centre Simulator Well, if you weren’t there, you missed a great Symposium – at least that’s what the overwhelming majority of participants thought! But, luckily, the summary in this issue of our newsletter will give you a good snapshot of the highlights of one of the CSBC’s annual flagship events.

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SV Concordia – A Human Disaster Averted

The Transportation Safety Board (TSB) recently released its report of the knockdown and capsizing of the SV Concordia off the coast of Brazil on February 17, 2010. We’ve summarized its findings in this issue of our Newsletter.

A Word About VHF-DSC Radios

Since February 1992, large commercial ship operators have been required to equip their vessels with VHF-DSC (Very High Frequency Digital Selective Calling) radios. Now regulators are set to introduce further changes effective March 2012.

Your CSBC Board of Directors for 2011-12 … and a feature on new Director, Wayne Young

 From time to time, CSBC Newsletter readers can get to know one of the Board members a little better right here! In this issue, we’d like to showcase one of our newest members, who hails from the terrific Atlantic province that just redefined what it means to be a host – Newfoundland and Labrador!

Recognizing our Volunteers

The Council couldn’t survive without the boundless energy of its volunteers to get the job done. So, once a year we like to take the opportunity to show our appreciation to those who went beyond the call of duty in contributing to the work of the CSBC. Several individuals were so honoured at the Symposium in St. John’s.

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A Vision of Our Future – the CSBC’s Strategic Plan

At its September meeting, the CSBC Board of Directors approved a new Strategic Plan covering the period 2012-2016, along with a new vision for the future.

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Important Dates/Activities this Fall!

CASBA LogoIt’s that time of year again when we look to fellow boating enthusiasts to consider someone worthy to receive a coveted Canadian Safe Boating Award (or CASBA). This is a great opportunity for folks to publicly recognize the life- and environment-saving efforts of fellow boating lovers. The November 4th deadline for nominations is fast approaching!

And, as usual, the Canadian Marine Advisory Council will hold its fall meeting, with the Standing Committee on Recreational Boating meeting on Tuesday, November 8, 2011. Barb Byers, Director of the CSBC Task Force on Personal Flotation Devices (PFD), will be giving an update on the work of the Task Force.

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