Before setting off on a long trip or a cruise out offshore, it's important to let someone know your plans so they can arrange for a search if you do not arrive at your destination (or return home as planned). You may either leave a copy of your Float Plan (also known as a Sail Plan) with a trustworthy friend or you may file it with the Canadian Coast Guard. If you forget, call "Coast Guard radio" on VHF channel 16 after you are under way. Once you switch to their working channel, you can file a Float Plan. If you should have an emergency, they will have a better chance of finding you if they already have the relevant information on file.
Float Plan Form
- Open the form above, then print it (hold the CTRL key and press "P" to open a print window) or save the page for printing later.
- Include the nearest Coast Guard Search & Rescue coordination centre phone number (RCC Trenton 1-800-267-7270, *311 on Mobile phones).
- If you leave the form with a friend, instruct them to phone the Coast Guard
immediately if they do not hear from you at the date and time you specify.
- If you are overdue, call the Coast Guard Rescue Coordination Centre (RCC) by VHF/HF marine radio, phone or your
friend, otherwise Search and Rescue will be needlessly searching for you!
Government Directory: Canadian Coast Guard / SAR