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Sproat Lake Marine Patrol
Sproat Lake Marine Patrol Revs Up For Another Boating Season!July 2016 The Sproat Lake Marine Patrol are getting ready for another season, offering boating safety education to local schools and assisting boaters on beautiful Sproat Lake. The Sproat Lake Marine Patrol Program began in 2002 and operated for the months of July and August. Starting in 2010, with funding from Transport Canada, Office of Boating Safety, we have been able to expand the program to include the months of May and June when they visit local schools and present boating safety awareness to students. For July and August the Marine Patrol will be based on the Sproat Lake Provincial Park boat launch where they will be assisting boaters launching their boats, and patrolling on the water. The Marine Patrol offers a 'Life Jacket Loaner Station' at the boat launch as well as information about Sproat Lake. The Marine Patrol are committed to the promotion of safety in all areas of water activity, including recreational boating, and carrying out courtesy vessel examinations. They install and maintain buoy’s around the swimming only areas at Sproat Lake Provincial Park, as well as patrol "swimming only" areas for motorized and non-motorized vessels. Patrolling the lake is another service they provide. On the water they do daily counts of boats using the lake, watch over the fires the campers have going on the beaches, assist boaters in distress, remove and tag logs and debris that are floating in the water that may be come hazardous to boaters, and make a presence to reduce any illegal activity on the lake. The Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District is very proud of the Sproat Lake Marine Patrol program, it’s a great opportunity to teach more about boating safety and make sure boaters are properly equipped to head out on the water. Wishing you a safe and enjoyable boating season!