Transport Canada Regulations for Kayaks & Canoes etc.


Spring is almost here and people are getting ready to take up kayaking. Here are the Transport Canada Regulations for your new kayak or canoe. I have listed below a PDF file of these regulations for you to print off if you wish at the bottom of this page as well as a direct link to the Transport Canada site.

Paddle safe!

~Guy

Human-powered pleasure craft (including canoes, kayaks, rowboats and rowing shells)

 

 

Personal Lifesaving Appliancessailboat in open water 

 

1. One (1) Canadian-approved personal flotation device or lifejacket of appropriate size for each person on board

Note: A personal flotation device or lifejacket carried on board a human-powered pleasure craft operated in whitewater must be inherently buoyant.

2. One (1) buoyant heaving line at least 15m (49’3”) long

3. One (1) reboarding device

Note: A reboarding device is only required if the vertical height that must be climbed to reboard the pleasure craft from the water is over 0.5 m (1’8”). 

Visual Signals
Only required if the pleasure craft is over 6 m

4. One (1) watertight flashlight

5. Six (6) Canadian-approved flares of Type A (Rocket Parachute), B (Multi-Star) or C (Hand)

Note: Flares are not required for a pleasure craft that:

  • is operating on a river, canal or lake in which it can never be more than one (1) nautical mile (1.852 km) from shore; or
  • has no sleeping quarters and is engaged in an official competition or in final preparation for an official competition.

Vessel Safety Equipmentdrawing: sailboat in open water

6. One (1) bailer or manual bilge pump

OR

Bilge-pumping arrangements

Note: A bailer or manual bilge pump is not required for a pleasure craft that cannot hold enough water to make it capsize or a pleasure craft that has watertight compartments that are sealed and not readily accessible.

Navigation equipment

7. One (1) sound-signalling appliance that meets the applicable standards set out in the Collision Regulations 

OR

sound-signalling device

8. Navigation lights that meet the requirements set out in the Collision Regulations

Note:

  1. Navigation lights are only required if the pleasure craft is operated after sunset, before sunrise, or in periods of restricted visibility (fog, falling snow, etc.).
  2. For a human-powered vessel, this requirement can be met with a watertight flashlight
    You can learn more about the requirements for your pleasure craft by consulting the navigation lights section of the Safe Boating Guide

9. One (1) magnetic compass

Note: A magnetic compass is not required if the pleasure craft is 8 m (26’3”) or less and is operated within sight of seamarks (navigation marks).

10. One (1) radar reflector is required under certain conditions

 

 

Date modified:

2010-05-14

 

 

 

DIRECT LINK: http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/marinesafety/debs-obs-equipment-size-unpowered-192.htm

PDF file of the regulations below:

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