We look at risk management not as a supplementary necessity to satisfy our insurance provider obligations, but as a systems based approach to business planning. This advantage creates a “top-down” effect throughout every aspect of our business and thus minimizing every risk that we as a business takes. “Risk Management” and “Safety” are terms often confused.

Think of a leaking roof in a house. In order to prevent water from the ceiling onto the floor and creating a slippery condition that could result in a slip or injury, the “Safe” thing to do would be to simply place a pot under the drip to catch the water. What should actually be happening is not only fixing the roof and eliminating the problem, but also be thinking - why did the roof leak in the first place? Is there something that can be done better to prevent further leaks? What’s the probability of it leaking again? Can we make sure we inspect the roof at a set interval to ensure it is in good repair? That’s Risk Management.

Prevention is the key. Safety measures will always be apart of any outdoor pursuits based business, but its how the risks are identified, prevented, and managed - before the safety measures are needed, is what counts. This is what we strive to do at Collingwood Adventure Voyages. Identify the potential hazards, build prevention, control and mitigation procedures, and update and revise on a regular basis.

Waiver Form

Our guests are required to read, understand and sign a waiver. It is important that you understand the rights and legal action you will be waiving by participating in our programs. It is important to ask any questions you may have before signing!


Education is the gateway to prevention. Pre-departure briefings prepare you to understand different safety procedures regarding the vessel and the activities you will undertake. Topics covered include

  1. 1.Approaching the dock and waterline

  2. 2.Proper lifejacket fitment and use

  3. 3.Boarding the vessel

  4. 4.Overboard procedures

  5. 5.Proper seating techniques and overboard avoidance

  6. 6.Question period


Our priority is to provide each guest with a safe and enjoyable experience. Our vessel operators are trained to the highest standards and to follow

all safety procedures. All personal protection equipment is inspected daily as well as our vessels. For more information ask your Captain!


Tours will run in most weather conditions. In the case of a thunderstorm, high winds or heavy rain, we may be forced to cancel a tour.

If we decide to cancel, any deposits made for that tour will be reimbursed.

Water Conditions

Tours will run in most water conditions. In the case of larger swells beyond reasonable safety for passengers, the tour may be altered or cancelled

entirely. If we decide to cancel, any deposits made for that tour will be reimbursed.

Ultimately the Vessel Operator has the final say, using their own discretion and judgement when making these decisions.

What to wear

  1. -Comfortable footwear

  2. -Clothing that is appropriate for the weather

Please use your own discretion when selecting clothing to participate in our tour. On cooler days in the spring and fall, you may want to bring

a light jacket or sweater. Dress in layers for the best comfort.

We do not allow smoking once you are aboard the vessel.

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