Safe Boating E-Learning Modules

Survey's reflect growing concern about the safety of our lakes and the preservation of Muskoka's shores. As part of our effort to promote safe and enjoyable boating and to preserve Muskoka for future generations, MLA has provided access to six E-Learning modules by Scott Ferguson, a member of MLA’s Community Programs Committee. An overview on each module is below along with a link to view the module. Modules range from 9-19 minutes.  

Scott Ferguson

The Muskoka Lakes Association is pleased to provide a link to a series of safe boating E-modules, prepared by Scott Ferguson who is a member of the MLA’s Community Programs Committee. These modules reflect the recommendations and opinions of Scott Ferguson and not necessarily those of the MLA.  Viewers are advised that these E-Modules are provided for your information and are not intended to replace the need to review and follow all applicable boating and safety laws, guidelines, and regulations.  It is important above all that you ensure you are operating your boats and PWC’s safely and cautiously for your protection and the protection of all who use and enjoy our lakes.


The law, safe boating practices and courtesy. Learn about “shared space”, obey the speed limit – sign or no sign – especially in notoriously busy channels, observe right-of-way, prevent boat fire and explosion, protect yourself and your passengers against bad weather, cold water and load, preserve our shores and do your part to ensure that everyone in your part of the lake has a great day in Muskoka.


Only about 10 feet in length, PWCs are less expensive than most boats (attractive to entry-level boaters), powerful (some have more horsepower than an SUV) and fast (up to 120 Km/hr). Most have no rudder and no brakes. When you lend a PWC to family or friends, you have a duty of care to perform. Learn about “safe speed”, right of way, maneuvering skills, “neighbourly courtesy” and how to train your family and guests to have a safe and enjoyable PWC experience in Muskoka.


Learn the responsibilities and signals of the driver, observer, person being towed and the cheering section on shore. Learn safe and effective take-offs and landings. Choose a speed and route that provide the optimal experience for the persons being towed. Approach a fallen skier, boarder or tuber in the water in a way that ensures their safety and peace of mind.


One of the lesser known pleasures of Muskoka is cruising beneath the majesty of summer’s night sky. Almost all night boating tragedies are preventable. Learn five ways that night boating is unique. Consider the case against using car-style headlights. Pick up tips from pilots who fly at night. Learn 12 ways to stay safe including how to detect boats that don’t have lights so you don’t hit them. Learn how safe and enjoyable night boating can enrich your Muskoka experience.


Never pass on the wrong side of any buoy again! Don’t get lost. Keep off the rocks. Gain the freedom to explore all of our lakes. “Muskoka … once discovered, never forgotten”. Skills that are easy to learn.


Learn both the science and art of maneuvering near shore. Depart from the dock with your boat – and your relationships – undamaged. Stop your boat skillfully and safely. Land your boat – sideways! – to amaze your family and friends.