The Official Magazine of the Bluewater Cruising Association

Whale and Boater Safety Survey

Jackie Hildering

October 21st, 2023

Help whale and boater safety – and maybe win a big prize!

The Marine Education Research Society (MERS) is conducting a online survey for those who boat in British Columbia, be it with motor, sail, or paddle.

The insights you provide via the survey will help the future of education about boater safety and marine mammals. This includes the development of an online course.

The survey can be found here. Answers are confidential.

It is important to get as many boaters as possible to participate in the survey in order to understand what information about laws and best practices around marine mammals is reaching recreational boaters, and what the limiting factors might be. The survey is open until the end of February, 2024, so spread the word!

Out of gratitude for taking the time to do the survey, which will take roughly 5-10 minutes to complete, there will be a draw for 4 BIG prizes.


Those who participate in this survey can choose to be entered into the prize draw. There will be four winners, one winner for each of the following prizes:

  • Gift card to Steveston Marine & Hardware ($500; online or in-store)
  • Kelp Canvas from The Marine Detective (Value: $300)
  • Gift card to Mountain Equipment Co-op MEC ($250; online or in-store)
  • Marine Mammal Boater Pack. Includes “Marine Mammals of BC” book, Whale Warning Flag, and Marina Bag from Puddle Jump Bags. Locally made in Sointula, BC (Value: $280).


The partners in this project are: Ocean Wise Marine Mammal Research Program, Cetus Research & Conservation Society, and the Government of Canada (funding support).


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