WINNIPEG — Extending your boating season into the fall takes a little more caution than during long, warm summer days.
“Manitoba weather can change in an instant, and boating during the fall can make this especially challenging,” says Lifesaving Society — MB Branch acting CEO Kevin Tordiffe.
Tordiffe says to check the weather frequently and never assume bad weather is far off.
“Wearing your lifejacket is important, but so is boating with a buddy,” he said.
Colder water temperatures this time of year and into October can mean the effects of hypothermia can present themselves in about 10-15 minutes.
Fewer boats are on the water in the fall to offer assistance, should you require it. Boaters are advised to leave a float plan with someone on shore who will know what to do if you find yourself overdue.
The CSBC also suggests boaters are equipped with a marine radio or cell phone to call for assistance, as well as carry a few tools and spare boat parts on board to fix any minor problems that may arise.