Fires on board a yacht are distressing and dangerous. Would you and your crew know what do in the event of a fire on board?
Safety is paramount and the basis of all RYA courses. We will be adding various articles on safety which we hope you will find useful.
Just one of the International Recognised Distress Signals, flares are an essential part of your safety equipment on board.
When ever you have new crew on board, or if the crew have not sailed with you for some time, you should always give them a safety brief. The following briefly outlines items that you may wish to include and some background information.
Your VHF has broken down and your flares are soaked - how else can you let others know you are in distress?
A lifejacket is an essential piece of safety equipment and you should have one for every person on board. Make sure each crew member is allocated a lifejacket and it is fitted correctly and that they know not to wear clothing over them. You should never put a child in an adult’s lifejacket; make sure they have one that fits their size.