It's great weather for getting out on the water. Constable Eric Corbin of the OPP is encouraging boaters to stay safe.

"Just take your time. Make sure your safety equipment is in order, and have your personal flotation device on," he said Friday.

Water levels are lower than average. So boaters should also check their charts carefully.

The sunny weather's expected to continue into Tuesday, so lots of sunblock and hydration will also be a good idea.

Boating fatalities on OPP-patrolled waterways reached an eight-year high in 2017, with 31 people dying last year compared to 23 deaths in 2016.

In 42 of the 54 fatal incidents, the leading factor was boat operators, who weren't wearing any lifejackets or flotation devices when they fell overboard.

Whether you are a boat operator or a passenger, consider these facts when heading out on the water in any type of watercraft:   

  •       Wear a personal floatation device or lifejacket
  •       Don't operate any watercraft while impaired
  •       Obtain relevant licencing
  •       Ensure you have all the required safety equipment
  •       Ensure your watercraft is water ready
  •       Be wary of the dangers of cold water immersion (especially this time of year)

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