The National Marine Manufacturers Association Canada (NMMA Canada) has announced plans to develop a new boating safety initiative with the help of a grant from the National Search and Rescue Secretariat. NMMA Canada will receive $312,000 over the next three years as part of the Search and Rescue New Initiatives Fund (SARNIF) to create a smartphone application to educate boaters and improve safety awareness.
SARNIF is a government program that provides support for new products or initiatives that can improve the National Search and Rescue Program. These may include training programs, search and rescue equipment, research and development or awareness campaigns.
“NMMA Canada is dedicated to promoting safe boating practices and this support from the National Search and Rescue Secretariat through SARNIF will help reach a larger audience with this important information,” said Sara Anghel, executive director and vice-president of government relations, NMMA Canada. “An educated boater is a safe boater and NMMA strongly supports boater education.”
Similar to information provided by Discover Boating Canada on its website, this app will include boating safety checklists, how to properly operate a boat, marine weather resources, emergency procedures, navigation and buoy visual references.
For more information about NMMA’s new online boater safety app, contact NMMA Canada.