Safety at our Club
Safety is a very important part of our sailing club. The club have a safety boat which will always be in operation and on the water when any club boats are out. The safety boat will have 2 trained crew on board. The driver of the safety boat must have a valid “RYA Powerboat Level 2” certificate and always have the kill cord attached when the engine is running. The crew should have been given sufficient training and have had a good amount of sailing experience. Rescue boat crew should always have a PFD on, preferably a gas lifejacket with supported buoyancy of at least 150N.
When out sailing you should always have a buoyancy aid on, the club will supply one if you do not have your own, however it is recommended you invest in one.
Those who are new to sailing will be given sufficient training before going out on the water. We aim to have new members out on the water on their own on their first or second visit to the club, however if our training members do not think this will be a good idea you will have somebody with experience on board until you are more confident. Rescue boat crew will be notified if you are new and will try and keep near in case you have any questions or require assistance.
You will probably do some capsizing drills a within the first few times of you being out on the water, this is to ensure that you feel confident and will know what to do if your boat did happen to capsize. Capsizing can be scary the first few times but you will soon be more comfortable and hopefully the better you get the drier you will stay!