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Halfmoon Happenings: Boat sober, bring safety equipment, leave a trip plan

Tips from Safe Boating Awareness Week. Also, Halfmoon Bay Nursery is hiring!

Hi everyone! Hope you all had a wonderful week and long weekend as we enjoyed some sunny days and warmer temperatures.  

Safe Boating Awareness Week (SBAW) was this past week, from May 21 to 27, and all boaters are reminded that safe boating should be practiced whenever out on the water. This awareness campaign is managed by the Canadian Safe Boating Council (CSBC) and its boat and water safety partners including marine emergency responders like the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue (RCMSAR). Since 1995, SBAW has been the mainstay of boating safety communication among many Canadian boaters. “Last summer, all thirty-one local RCMSAR stations combined conducted the highest number of missions in recent years, answering calls for help day and night, seven days a week.” says Bill Riggs, CEO of the RCMSAR. “Our highly skilled volunteers respond to all kinds of marine emergencies, many of which can be avoided or mitigated if you are prepared.” 

SBAW and RCMSAR reminds all boaters to always wear a lifejacket or personal floating device, boat sober, bring safety equipment, leave a trip plan with a friend or family member, be aware of submerged objects and familiarize yourself with the area you’re heading to. Also recommended is that new boaters take a boating course as well as learn how to use a marine VHF radio. Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons have online and in-person courses, for more information go to 

While facing the inherent risks that come with saving lives on the water, RCMSAR volunteers continue to put the safety of others ahead of personal safety thanks to the professional training and equipment they receive largely funded by donations from the community. If you would like to donate to our local team RCMSAR- Station 12, visit their website at Thank you to the amazing volunteers for all that you do and the help you provide to those in need on the water. 

The Halfmoon Bay Nursery is hiring! If you love gardening, enjoy working with the public and can commit to one or two days per week, then one of these two positions is for you. The Halfmoon Bay Nursery is a wonderful garden centre located at 7820 Fawn Road, in the Welcome Woods area. They carry a selection of hydroponics and gardening supplies and a variety of plants, shrubs and trees, along with bulk garden/top soil and mulch. At least one of the following interests or skills may help to find the right fit for their small team. Plant care such as seeding and repotting, specialty growing techniques and knowledge, merchandising and facility maintenance and administration, which may include office management, organizing and bookkeeping. There may also be some heavy lifting, bending and other physical requirements for this job. Send cover letter and resume to by Wednesday, June 1. All applications are welcome but only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Also visit their website at for more information or call 604 885-2760. 

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Be safe, be gentle, and always be kind.