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Transport Canada Stand Up Paddle Board Requirements

The Canada Shipping Act, 2001 is the main legislation governing safety in marine transportation and protection of the marine environment. Transport Canada administers the Canada Shipping Act, 2001 and is responsible for monitoring compliance and enforcing its requirements.

Regulations under the Canada Shipping Act, 2001 apply to vessels used for "navigation" on Canadian waterways. Navigation is commonly defined as a process of planning and following a route typically from point A to point B. 

Transport Canada does not regulate stand up paddle boards operating in a "beach front" or "swimming area" as they would not be considered to be engaged in navigation. At this point in time stand up paddle boards being used for navigation fall into the same category as canoes, kayaks, rowboats, rowing shells, and other human powered boats less than 6m in length.


What do I need?

Transport Canada requires each person on board a paddle board being used to navigate in open waters to carry:

  • one (1) approved personal flotation device (PFD) 
  • one (1) buoyant heaving line at least 15m in length, 
  • and one (1) sound signaling device (whistle).

Transport Canada does not regulate stand up paddle boards operating in a "beach front" or "swimming area" as they would not be considered to be engaged in navigation.  However, we recommend anytime you are on your iSUP you should a wear a PFD equipped with a sound signalling device (whistle).

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Transport Canada Regulations