Sailing Safety

Security Councils on board of a boat and during a navigation

The captain of all boats is required to maintain a proper lookout at all times and to know the rules of navigation. If another boat is in distress, nearby boats are required to give assistance as long as it does not place the assisting boat in jeopardy. One should sail with the VHF radio turned ON to monitor for distress calls and for other relevant marine information. Groundings have been avoided by near by boats notifying a craft of shallow water. In addition, always file a float plan with someone on shore, telling them when and where your boat will be sailing.

Before you head offshore, join us for the most authoritative daylong seminar on safe seamanship, heavy-weather tactics, and boat preparation. See safety-equipment demos and crew-overboard-recovery techniques. Pose questions to our panel of expert bluewater sailors. Tuition fees vary, and seating is limited, so call now for reservations. This could be the most important day of your sailing life.

  • Learn medical, first-aid and seasickness prevention.

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Man Overboard Procedures

The following information comes from, Man Overboard Procedures and Others.