Emergency Tips Before Sailing
If you’re planning to go sailing soon, it’s important to know what to do in an emergency. While most of the time you’ll be enjoying the great outdoors and not thinking about safety, planning ahead is always a good idea.
Preparation is the key to any successful endeavor, especially when it comes to blue-water sailing. When you’re on a boat, things can happen that you don’t expect. That’s why it’s so important to always prepare for emergencies.
Being prepared and giving your all when on a boat is important. It may be a matter of life or death if you don’t. Blue Pacific Yachting can help you learn how to go through the proper procedures of things that you need to know before sailing.
What should you do if you’re in trouble on a boat? Here are the sailing emergency tips to help keep you and your crew safe:
1. Learn how to operate the radio and other communication devices aboard your boat.
The first step in creating an emergency plan is to learn how to operate all of your communication devices. You’ll want to be able to call for help if needed, as well as let someone know where you’ll be at a specific time. It’s also important that you are able to contact other boats in the area if you need assistance.
2. Know where your life jackets are and how to properly use them.
The U.S. Coast Guard requires that all vessels carry at least one wearable personal flotation device (PFD) for each person aboard, plus one spare.
3. Ensure that everyone has their own personal flotation device (PFD) on board.
Even if they don’t plan on using it right away, just knowing that they have it will help keep them calm in an emergency situation.
4. Be prepared with a survival kit.
The survival kit includes flares, distress signals, and food rations for several days’ worth of sailing time—just in case something unexpected happens and you get stranded at sea for a while without being able to return home quickly (or at all).
5. Conduct emergency drills on a regular basis.
Emergency drills are one important factor so that everyone knows what to do when something goes wrong on board your boat or when anyone falls overboard!
6. Keep extra supplies on hand
It’s always good to have extra supplies on board in case your boat gets damaged or disabled while sailing—but it’s even better to have them on hand before you ever set sail in case you’re forced to abandon ship.
7. Take a course in CPR and First Aid/AED training so that you can respond appropriately in an emergency.
Learning these skills before embarking on a sailing adventure is necessary because boating accidents can happen at any time. And you, with your knowledge in these areas, will be able to save lives until help arrives.
Have a pleasant and safe sailing.
While the sailing emergency tips provided above will certainly help make your time on the water safer and more enjoyable, one thing is for sure: no matter how thoroughly you prepare for your journey, Mother Nature always has a few surprises up her sleeve. In any case, Blue Pacific Yachting wishes you a pleasant and safe sailing experience.
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