5 basic rules for sailing safety
Sailing is not only an enjoyable and fun activity, it also offers spirit of freedom and discovery.
To maximize the joy of this leisure, your safety must be your priority.
Being conscious about the hazards you may encounter, being prepared and well-equipped is crucially important in order to protect your safety of life and property.
- First of all, make sure that your safety equipment items such as fire extinguishers, fire blanket, life jackets, survival kit, life raft, first aid kit, rescue rope, safety belt, rescue flare, horn, whistle are all ready for use and serviced if necessary.
- Ensure that your boat and its equipments are handled and maintained with care. Make sure you are familiar with your boat and enhance your knowledge about seamanship, navigation and sailing.
- Watch the weather closely and wisely. Consider carefully warnings about winds and waves, do not embark on senseless adventures.
- Know your limits and do not try to exceed them. If you are not experienced, seriously consider being accompanied by an experienced captain. If your experience is limited, sail within your limits of your experience. Pushing your limits can jeopardize your safety and security.
If you do not have any sailing experience or if your sailing skills are limited, plan to take sailing lessons and work on improving your sailing skills.
- When creating your cruise plan, always dedicate enough time to study your route carefully and get to know your course closely.
Fair winds and following seas.