Safety on the Sea
This book is brought to you with the permission of the RNLI . Sailinks is simply reproducing it to increase the coverage of its information. It is produced in two sections to save download time. Move on to Part 2
This booklet has been produced by the RNLI's Sea Safety Liason Working Group which has representation from the following organisations and agencies:
British Marine Industries Federation (BMIF)
Coastguard Agency (COASTGUARD)
Marine Safety Agency (MSA)
Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS)
Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI)
Royal Yachting Association (RYA) It provides useful basic safety guidelines and information you should be aware of before going to Sea.
Unless you are experienced, we urge you to obtain additional information as detailed in this booklet.
Further copies are available from any of the organisations/agencies mentioned above.
HOW TO GET ADVICE BEFORE BUYING YOUR BOAT1. Decide on the type of boat that you can handle and is most suitable for your purpose
2. Make sure it is good condition
3. It is worth considering an independent survey
4. Find out what equipment you will need
5. Advice can be obtained from the British Marine Industries Federation (BMIF) who operate a free information service.
Call Boatline on 01784 472222
GET SOME TRAINING 1. Before putting to sea, for your family's sake, you MUST acquire basic skills in Seamanship, Navigation, Rules of the Road, use of safety equipment and boat/engine maintenance.
2. Your skills, and those of your crew, are your greatest asset, particularly if things go wrong.
3. Join a suitable sailing or boating club.
4. For information on where training is available in your locality.
Call the RYA on 01703 629962
WHAT TO DO BEFORE SETTING OFF:1. Check the weather forecast by:
- Listening to the shipping or local radio forecast
- Telephoning Marinecall on 0891 505200
- Watching Teletext ITV Pages 188 and 205
- Telephoning the Coastguard or listening to their reports on VHF channel 67
2. Check the condition of the boat and its equipment
3. Ensure the engine is well maintained. Carry a tool kit and essential spares
4. Ensure safety euipment is provided for all on board
5. Check on local conditions eg tide races, areas of shallow water and know the "Rules of the Road" - Your life may depend on it.
6. Obtain relevant charts and tide tables
7. Plan the trip:
- How long will it take?
- Who will keep watch?
- What access do you have to safe havens en route?
- What are the alternatives?
OTHER IMPORTANT CONSIDERATIONS: 1. Make sure you leave details of your planned trip with someone ashore
- Include departure and arrival times
- Point of destination and route
- Description of the boat
- Names of all persons on board and a contact number ashore.
2. If you change any of the above, remember to inform your contact ashore
3. See the Coastguard Registration Form CG66
4. Ensure that parked vehicles and trailers do not odstruct slipways or access for emergency vehicles/lifeboats and are above the high water mark
5. Know your limitations:
- Sail within your own ability and that of your crew
- Ensure you have sufficient experienced crew for the trip, particularly if it is overnight
- Know the limitations of your boat
- Do not overload the boat as it will make it ubstable
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