Safety & Education

Safe boating


An educated boater will have a better boating experience and NMMA believes education is the best way to prevent boating accidents and improve boating safety. NMMA supports mandatory boater education and hands-on skills training and boater education for boaters. In addition, NMMA supports mandatory lifejacket wear for children 12 and younger and for personal watercraft passengers due to the unique nature of the personal watercraft experience.

NMMA stands by our NMMA Certification program as an additional step towards safety—NMMA Certified boats are built to standards that exceed government mandates.

Questions? Contact Marie-France Mackinnon

Consumer Safety App

Discover Boating Canada has created a  Boating Safety App for boaters to download before and during their day on the water.  The app provides boaters with important safety information.  This is made possible through the support of the Search and Rescue Secratariat, the Search and Rescue New Initiatives Fund (SARNIF) and Transport Canada.  For more information click here.

Hands-on Skills Training (HOST)

NMMA also manages a program called HOST which provides learning events that aim to educate boaters and help develop skills that will last a lifetime and add significantly to boating safety and enjoyment.  This program has been made possible through the support of Transport Canada.


Below is information on U.S. lifejacket and noise standards which may be relevant to Canadians.


Safety Overview
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