Always be aware and informed of the responsibilities you have to make sure that you and those around you are safe at sea.
Here are 8 simple ways of staying safe at sea:
Make use of the skipper’s abundant knowledge and follow all of his instructions as he is responsible for the safe operation of the boat, as well as for the safety of everyone on board. Respect his decisions as he has your own interest in mind.
Activities on and off the boat
When carrying out activities at sea, be more careful than when carrying them out on firm land. Remember to stay within the limits of your vessel and your experience.
Always make sure to check the conditions of maritime weather before setting out of a safe harbour.
If you are already out at sea and there is a sudden weather change, head back to the closest safe harbour immediately.
Safety and Health
The deck, ladders and stairs can be highly slippery, so make sure to walk carefully at all times onboard. Also, be aware of flammable areas on the boat.
Always make sure that your actions on board do not impose any dangers for you or others around you.
Alcohol slows down your reflexes and therefore should be consumed with moderation when out at sea, to ensure your safety on board.
In the unlikely event that a person on board falls into the sea by accident, remember to:
- Shout Man Overboard, turn towards the side person went over
- Throw life-buoy or flotation device
- Keep person in sight
- Use a spotlight at night
- Attach a line to the rescuer (image attached in email, can be adapted to reflect Book2Sail’s image and colours)
Show all on board where the life jackets are, give them basic instructions on how to wear them and remind them to always jump into the sea feet first. (image attached in email, can be adapted to reflect Book2Sail’s image and colours)
In case of emergency
It is advisable that all the persons on the boat with you are aware of where the international distress signals are on board so anyone can set them off in the case of emergency.
Otherwise, here is the most basic of them all: Slow and repeated raising of the arms outstretched to each side.