As the weather warms up, more Nova Scotians will be heading out on the water.
RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Lisa Croteau says there are a few simple things boaters can do to stay safe.
"Be prepared. Take a boating course to obtain your operator's card, inspect your boat and gear to make sure it's operating properly and remember to check the weather. That's a big one as conditions can change quickly," she explained.
It's also important to wear a life jacket at all times.
"In an emergency situation, there's often not enough time to put one on ... and make sure it's adjusted so you can assist others as well," Croteau said.
She added use extra caution if you're operating a boat that's new to you, or if you're boating in an area you're not familiar with.
"Sometimes there's hazards around you're not aware of, so just be mindful of that."
RCMP will be patrolling waterways around the province looking for people who are violating laws, including those who are drinking and boating.