KIDS DON’T FLOAT – BUT PFDS DO!
This is the theme of a new initiative of Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue Station on Shuswap Lake. Last summer five kiosks were installed on the lake. The kiosks have loaner PFDs (Personal Flotation Device) for children to use while boating or swimming. The kiosks are located at the boat launches in Sicamous, Canoe Beach, Shuswap Lake Park Provincial Park, Herald Provincial Park and the Wharf in downtown Salmon Arm.
This spring five more kiosks have been installed at Chase Beach/Boat Launch, Magna Bay, Blind Bay Boat Launch, Sandy Beach on Blind Bay and Sunnybrae Community Park. Two other kiosks are awaiting site improvements; Sorrento Boat Launch and Old Town Bay in Sicamous. The kiosks have had the financial support of the community.
Canoe Beach – by the Salmar Community Association
Shuswap Lake Provincial Park – by Shuswap Community
Sicamous – by Bayview Homes of Sicamous
Herald Park Provincial Park – by SASCU Financial Group
Downtown Salmon Arm – by the Knights of Columbus and the
Shuswap Watershed Committee
Chase Beach – by Chase Rotary
Magna Bay – by North Shuswap Lions Club
Sorrento Boat Launch – by Sorrento Lions Club
Blind Bay Boat Launch – by SASCU Financial Group
Sandy Beach in Blind Bay – by Shuswap Community Foundation
Sunnybrae Community Beach – by Shuswap Watershed Council
Old Town Bay in Sicamous – by Boating BC and RCM-SAR 106
Special thanks and recognition to Hyde Sawmill for the specialty lumber cutting.
RCM-SAR wants kids to stay safe in the water. If a child needs a PFD, parents are welcome to borrow one at the kiosk. Parents must ensure they choose the right size PFD for their child and it is properly worn while boating or swimming. Parents are asked to return the PFD when they are through for other kids to use.
RCM-SAR is a volunteer marine Search and Rescue (SAR) organization dedicated to saving lives on the water 24/7, 365 days of the year. RCM-SAR (Shuswap) also provides boating safety education for children and adults throughout the Shuswap region. They are active participants in Shuswap maritime festivals and are organizing the Kids Don’t Float life jacket loaner program on Shuswap Lake. RCM-SAR Station 106 (Shuswap) is a vital part of the Shuswap Search and Rescue network and works with other emergency responders to “Save lives on the water.”
The Kids Don’t Float life jacket loaner program is wide spread at the coast with 37 programs.
Remember, if you are playing in or near the water, always wear a PFD.