Slow Down, Bow Down


An important message to all power boat operators:

Operating through no-wake zones with the bow-up can produce a damaging wake. Remember, “SLOW DOWN, BOW DOWN”.

Slowing down to the required speed of a no-wake zone won’t necessarily eliminate a damaging wake. Ensure your boat levels off before proceeding.

Try this: Slow down to idle for approximately 10 seconds to allow the hull to level off. This will eliminate a boat’s wake. Then add just enough throttle to maintain steerage. Do not let the bow lift until clear of the no-wake zone!

No-wake zone speed limits – Canada

10 km/h within 30 metres (100 ft) of shore.
(In Muskoka, maximum speed is 9 km/h within 30 metres of shore)

Unsure of your speed? Simply slow down to idle, then add just enough throttle to maintain steerage until you are clear of a no-wake zone.

You are responsible for your wake and the damage it may cause. Not all boats create wake equally, so please learn how to control your boat’s wake when near shore. Monitor it by occasionally checking over your shoulder until clear of a no-wake zone.


Please help us to promote this message:

“Slow down, bow down” teaches safe boating practices to all our students. We hope to see everyone using the Slow Down, Bow Down practice this year when operating near shore and when approaching close to other vessels.

Please contact us if you would like to know more about our Slow Down, Bow Down campaign for 2018, and don’t forget to leave your wake on the lake!

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