Sail boats, kayaks, SUP, personal watercrafts and sports boats; today many water sports enthusiasts push their limits to enjoy a good time alone, with friends or family.

Unfortunately this behavior can potentially disturb the fauna and flora in addition to create inconveniences for other users. To address those issues, some municipalities choose to limit the access and tighten their regulations.

To retain access to our lakes and rivers and promote peaceful coexistence, the Quebec Marine Association in partnership with several organizations wishes to implement a promotional campaign “Follow the wave” that invites boaters to be careful and follow these general ethical rules.


Make sure you have a PFD of the appropriate size for each person on board. Your PFD can save your life. Wear it!


Do not use alcohol or drugs. Driving with impaired capacities is illegal. Did you know that you could lose your driver's license?


Follow a navigation course and remember that you must have your pleasure craft operator card on board.


Before you leave, please check: weather, fuel level, presence of safety equipment required for your boat.


Caution! Do not underestimate the temperature of the water. Immersion in cold water could cause a thermal shock that can lead to death.



Reduce your speed near the shore and respect the restricted speed limits on the water.


Warning : you are legally responsible for the impact caused by the waves of your boat.


Respect safety distances in swimming areas, near non motorized and boats at anchor.


Be courteous: respect local residents and other boaters by reducing the noise and waves produced by your boat.



Personal Watercraft owners: the driver must be at least 16 years old and must wear a PFD at all times.


If your boating activity generates large waves, it is recommended to stay at a minimum of 300 meters from the shore and in an area where the water is more than 5 meters deep to limit your impact on the environment and other users.


Follow the manufacturer's recommendations about your boat speed when practicing a towed activity. When you are less than 30m away from another boat: reduce your speed to 10km / h, avoid performing acrobatics, chases, encirclements, intentional capsizing and jumping using the waves of other boats.

When practicing a towed activity (wake, surf, waterskiing) make sure you always have a lookout, a place on board and PFD's for each person towed.



Avoid sailing and anchoring in sensitive natural zones to preserve endangered or protected species.


Respect waterways by avoiding throwing products or waste into the water.



Stay alert when navigating in areas of protected species (belugas, blue whales). Slow down to avoid collisions while keeping a safe distance of at least 400 m from marine mammals.


Avoid introducing invasive alien species when moving to another body of water:
• Wash your boat, its livewell and its ballasts at each entry or exit from the water
• Empty water from the bilge, fish holds, pails and cooler when leaving the area.

If you accidentally pollute the waters, see another person doing so or notice the resultsof such an act, report the event to a pollution prevention officer at: 1-800-363-4735


Large waves created by boats when practicing nautical activities can travelover 300 meters.

As they break on the shores, the waves damage the land, contribute to erosion, weaken the ecosystemsand blur the water.

In addition, oversized waves can compromise the safety of swimmers and people on non-motorized boats.(canoes, kayaks, sailboats, windsurfers, etc.)

Wakeboard boats using wave amplifiers must navigate in areas where the water is more than 5 m deep to avoidresuspension of the sediments and excessive aquatic plants growth.