Whether you’re new to boating or you’ve been doing it for years, it is always a good idea to review certain rules and regulations in order to ensure that you are boating safely. To be a safe boater in Saskatchewan, you definitely need to know and understand the rules surrounding drinking and boating.
Just like drinking and driving, drinking and boating is a serious offence. In Saskatchewan the punishments and fines associated with drinking and boating reflect that. First time offenders with a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) of 0.08 risk a minimum fine of $1,000, second time offenders risk a minimum of 30 days in jail, while third time offenders could land a minimum of 120 days in jail.
In Saskatchewan, individuals who are caught boating under the influence are also required to complete certain courses such as Alcohol and Drug Education programs after their infractions. Jail time and drug education programs don’t give you a lot of time to enjoy boating, so it’s best to avoid the repercussions and boat safe and sober.
While the captain is not allowed to have consumed any alcohol while behind the wheel of the boat, passengers in Saskatchewan are still permitted to have a drink on board provided certain conditions are met. Should your boat have permanent sleeping facilities, cooking facilities, a toilet, you passengers may consume alcohol on board once the boat is anchored or moored. If you are leaving your moorage to head back to shore, the captain must ensure that all passengers have finished their beverages.
Boating is a great activity that you can do with family and friends, and you should never do anything that could put them at risk. That is why it’s important to understand the rules surrounding drinking and boating in Saskatchewan. If you don’t know the rules, you can’t follow them. Any questions or concerns surrounding these laws and the associated punishments should be directed at Saskatchewan’s RCMP.