Winter feels like a distant memory! Lakes are open, bulbs are blooming, and everything looks so green! For those who love the outdoors, there are an abundance of aquatic activities available to enjoy, from boating to swimming and kayaking to fishing!
Northern British Columbia, with its rugged landscape and pristine wilderness, provides exceptional fishing ground! There are thousands of lakes, streams and tidal waters to fish – whether for fun or for fresh food!
With all the excitement of warmer temperatures and the thrill that comes with a weekend of outdoor fun, it is important to remember to stay safe so that you can get back out there and continue to enjoy the beautiful weather, lakes and streams.
Did you know?
- Drownings are most likely to occur in natural bodies of water such as rivers and lakes.
- The majority of these drownings occur on weekends from May to August.
- The highest proportion of incidents occur during recreational activity, most commonly swimming, fishing or boating.
- In B.C., water-related fatality rates are highest among men and young adults.
- 90% of boating drownings can be prevented by wearing a life-jacket or personal flotation device (PFD).
Getting out to the lake makes for great summer memories! Make sure to have a safe and fun time on and near the water by following these safety tips:
- Boat and swim sober.
- Ensure everyone wears a life-jacket or PFD.
- Ensure all children under age six wear life-jackets when in, on, or around water.
- Learn how to swim and take a first aid and CPR course.
For all you fishermen, women, and children out there, and for everyone enjoying your time on or near the water, have a safe and fun time! In the words of preventable.ca, remember to “have a word with yourself” and don’t forget to pack your life-jackets.
This article was originally published in the May 2015 issue of Northern Health’s A Healthier You magazine.
About Shellie O'Brien
Shellie is an injury prevention coordinator with Northern Health’s population health team with a passion for health and wellness. She enjoys the outdoors, animals, recreational dogsledding, reading, and healthy living. When not at work, she can be found on her rural property with her family of happy, healthy huskies.