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BOATsmart! with Okanagan Boating

BOATsmart! is Canada’s Boating Educator and the largest Pleasure Craft Operator Card provider in the country. BOATsmart! has partnered with Okanagan Boating to enable boaters to obtain their card. Friends and family can also obtain their card through this page.  The Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC) is now mandatory for all operators of motorized vessels regardless of age, size of boat or engine horsepower – it’s the law. By obtaining a PCOC, commonly known as a boating license or BOATsmart! Card, you are confirming that you know and understand the knowledge of how to boat safely, and once obtained, the BOATsmart! Card is good for life. Boaters caught without the card face a minimum $250 fine. Getting your PCOC is also valuable addition to your resume and is an added bonus for specific programs.

Last Updated (Saturday, 07 March 2015 04:24)

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Tips for buying a kayak

Have you ever thought about trying the magnificent experience of gliding your way through the smooth and sleepy waters of the ocean? Ever thought about the thrill of maneuvering a sleek boat through choppy rills and rivulets, gushing rivers and bubbling streams? Do you dream of a sport that takes you outdoors in the sun, water and lush, green foliage of forests, that will not only challenge and test your skill, but also take you to faraway places you hadn't dreamed of? If you do, then kayaking, with its combination of unspoiled natural surroundings pitted against technical expertise, is the ultimate sport for you. An important part of the expertise, of course, comes from first taking lessons in a hired kayak, and eventually, in choosing the right one to buy. An inappropriate purchase can cost dearly on the high seas!

Last Updated (Sunday, 08 March 2015 17:00)

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Who Wants to Learn to Water Ski Without Falling in 1 Hour

Imagine the feeling of gliding effortlessly on top of the water with the feeling of total confidence knowing you have the best form in the world. All your friends who have failed or got discouraged would be looking at you like you are the new resident pro! What would that feel like?

There an an unlimited line of nay sayers who would love to tell you that they already tried to learn to water ski. If you will listen, you will hear about how hard it was or how they took a serious beating in the process. Avoid them altogether knowing that you not only will avoid every mistake they made, but you will also have the information to teach others without ever having a single fall.

The biggest step to avoiding the pitfalls of your friends is knowing that before you ever get on the water, you are going to learn four lessons that will take you from junior varsity to pro before ever getting on the water. By simply understanding the correct sitting and standing forms, you will already be light years ahead of anyone you know that has learned to water ski.

Last Updated (Thursday, 10 March 2011 12:10)

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Terrific Tips on Reupholstering Your Boat Seats

When it comes to reupholstering your boat seats you are doing a lot of work. Reupholstering your boat seats requires you to provide your seat with padding, spring, webbing and the fabric cover. Basically there are three elements of a boat seat that you need to consider when reupholstering boat seats. These are the frame, support system and fabric cover. But how do you know when its time to reupholster your boat seats?

The quality of the three elements mentioned above would determine when it is time to reupholster your boat seats. If you have a quality frame that is made of hardwoods they have been slowly dried in a kiln in order to prevent warping. Then there is the support systems are the critical elements such as the springs, webbing and padding. The stuffing placed over these springs and the padding under the outside fabric is what helps to give your seat its softness. For top quality seats the most common stuffing is down features covered with a layer of fiberfill.

Last Updated (Thursday, 10 March 2011 12:12)

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The Joy Of Boating

Listening to the sounds of the water flowing as your boat cruising on the lake or any water surfaces in the world can be truly enjoying. It is just like the sounds of nature especially when you listen to the water splashing along the sides of your boat. To certain people, this enjoyment represents lots of meaning to them such as; freedom, meditations with the surroundings elements of nature, freeing their mind from their daily works pressures, the curiosity of discovering the new places and lots more.


In addition, the true meaning of boating fun hardly can be described as many people have their own motives in boating. The best way in defining the funs of boating only can be described by you. It is best to experience the boating fun by yourself so that you will know which enjoyments suits in your lifestyle.

Boating is more than a joyride

Last Updated (Thursday, 10 March 2011 12:09)

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Summer Time Boating Tips

Sometimes people don't realize the importance of not drinking while boating. Alcohol use should be evaluated like all other stresses when it comes to the individual who is operating the boat. Each year hundreds die in boating accidents and many of them can be linked to alcohol use while boating. Nearly eighty percent of the deaths were caused by drowning which is the leading cause of death in the United States. Why is drinking so bad while boating?

Boaters face many factors that cause fatigue such as exposure to vibration, noise, glare and motion. All of these factors can cause fatigue that impairs an individuals, but when you add these factors to the additional fatigue and impairment of alcohol it is easy to see why drinking while boating is so dangerous. The stress factors may seem small at first, but they will add up over time to become a large problem. This is why it is best to avoid them before they become a problem.

Last Updated (Thursday, 10 March 2011 12:11)

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Maintaining Your Boat

The minute you buy your boat, you have to start thinking about your boat maintenance and upkeep schedule. First, you need to either personally inspect your boat or to hire a professional boat inspector. If you choose to hire an inspector, take note of his recommendations in terms of things to watch out for and the maintenance weaknesses of your boat. Local boat traders may have their own inspector for you to hire. Keep in mind that after checking your boat, there are several things you need to do in order for you to keep it in tip-top shape.

Boat washing and boat wax

It is recommended that you wash your boat once or twice a week. This is to ensure that your boat’s finish lasts for a long time. A lot of damage can be done to your boat by animal droppings, acid rain, salt, and dirt. Your boat is made of different types of material such as canvas, fiberglass, and metal. This means that cleaning your boat requires that you pay attention to cleaning these specific materials. Different cleaners and cleansers are available for all materials, and be sure to check your local discount marine supplies store.

Last Updated (Thursday, 10 March 2011 12:19)

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