Peter Garapick Superintendent MCTS C&A Region Canadian Safe Boating Council 2012 Symposium - Gravenhurst Future Boating - Scanning the Horizon 1. Tutorial - how do boaters & the CCG interact? 2. Training - how has it influenced the boater? 3. Technology - what is the boater using? 4. Troubles - how is the boater getting into/out of it? 5. Tidbits - other factors impacting boaters / boating Tutorial - who is the Canadian Coast Guard? Ice Breaking Tutorial - who is the Canadian Coast Guard? Environmental Response Tutorial - who is the Canadian Coast Guard? Aids to Navigation Tutorial - who is the Canadian Coast Guard? Marine Communications & Traffic Services Tutorial - who is the Canadian Coast Guard? Search and Rescue (SAR) Tutorial - who is the Canadian Coast Guard? Mandated Waters Oceans – the three (Pacific, Atlantic, Arctic) Lakes – the Great ones (Erie, Huron, Superior..) Rivers – the big ones (St Lawrence, Mackenzie…) Not Mandated but have a Presence Great Slave Lake, Lake Winnipeg, Lake Simcoe Not Mandated Inland lakes and rivers - Lake Muskoka, etc. Tutorial - who is the Canadian Coast Guard? All types of boater but we only see /interact with the Boater with a Problem – or – the Problem Boaters on the Oceans, Great Lakes & connecting waterways. Canadian Coast Guard Perspective What Trends do we see out there? 1.Training 2.Technology 3.Troubles 4.Tidbits Training – has the PCOC made a difference? Premise: • Stats show that most boaters have the card. • Regardless of how they got it, they had to think. • On the way to the boat, safety light bulb comes on: – “be safe”; or – “don’t get dinged by the police” Training – has the PCOC made a difference? Results: • Boaters are dealing with issues themselves due to having the safety gear onboard and knowledge to self rescue • More boaters wearing their PFDs • Older boaters still have bad habits, younger boaters learning from the new / current boating environment • CCG responding to fewer simple incidents, responding to the more critical situations Training – has the PCOC made a difference? Future Challenge: • Paddle Sports, evolving boating activities • Maintaining relevancy: – Content - as boating environment changes – Delivery – keeping up with the times – Enforcement - resources available to be on the water Technology – what is the boater using? Premise: • Boaters are no different than landlubbers and have exported technology onto the water whether it was designed to be there or not. Technology – what is the boater using? Results: • Smart phones with apps used in place of traditional nautical devices (compass, VHF radio, charts) • Laptops, e-Charts, VHF DSC, GPS… • Safety gear becoming part of the day on the water: – PLBs becoming more common – PFD wear rate up Technology – what is the boater using? Challenge: • Limitations of electronic devices or using them – reliable or backup power source – cell phone range – linking devices together to have them work correctly • Isolationism of the self contained boater – not using VHF radio in case of emergency – heads down navigation • Keeping up with Technology – should CCG Tweet the weather, MARBs, NOTSHIPs – do we need (as many) aids to navigation Troubles – how is the boater getting help? Premise: • CCG is responding to fewer simple incidents • Boaters that much more cognizant of costs of getting into trouble on the water: – Repairs – Response – Fines Troubles – how is the boater getting help? Results: • Boaters not driving around without a spare • Private (US and Canadian) response agencies operating on Canadian waters • “CAA” like arrangements for boaters • Boaters helping boaters (MARB) Troubles – how is the boater getting help? Challenge: • Some things don’t change: – Alcohol – Testosterone – The old canoe behind the shed Tidbits – other items to think about? • First Nations – Engagement nearby and further afield • Arctic Boating – Training requirements – Response capabilities • Climate Change – Longer season, more messaging / resources – Earlier seasons cold water • Economy – older boats /lower maintenance / safety second priority Future Boating – Scnning the Horizon Thoughts?