Here are precautions to take when navigating in heavy waters

One of the most interesting, thrilling as well as scary aspects about sailing in deep waters is that things can change on you in an instant especially if you don’t know how to check the signs. Sometimes you may have the signs right but you are in too deep to do anything about it. Sailing in heavy waters is therefore inevitable.

Through this article, we are going to look at precautions you can take when navigating in heavy waters. I trust you will enjoy the insights.

Here are 4 precautions to take when navigating in heavy waters.

1 Stay on top of weather forecasts

Thanks to technology, weather forecasts are usually done and shared in real time by the meteorological department and this data can be accessed even while on the deep seas. It’s therefore a good idea for you to be sailing on a ship, boat or yacht that has the proper equipment to receive this data. Staying on top of weather forecasts becomes very important because it allows you to see the movement of the winds and you can use this data to safely navigate out of the storm.

2 You must secure all the openings and lose items

When you find yourself in the middle of heavy waters unexpectedly, you must hurry up and ensure that every opening as well as lose items on the vessel as well secured. Ensuring that windows, doors, vents and so on are secured prevents water from sipping into the boat whereas securing lose items prevents injuries from items falling on people in the vessel as a result of the rough movement of the vessel. It’s a good idea to have fasteners and lockable units pre-installed in designated areas where lose items are likely to be.

3 Always ensure that the captain’s orders have been effected

If you are in a vessel together with a team, it’s always a good idea to always ensure that every order that the captain has given has been effected by the crew. The reality is that the captain may have given orders to adjust speed and course but out of the confusion and panic brought about by the heavy rocking of the boat, these orders are not properly effected and this may end up having dire consequences.  It’s therefore a good idea to have a number of redundancies set up to ensure there is limited breakdown on communication.

4 Ensure that everyone on the vessel is accounted for

In the confusion, panic and rush to take all the necessary safety precautions, some of the crew members may end up getting themselves in dangerous situations that lead to injuries or being thrown overboard. It’s therefore a good idea to have a system for ensuring that everyone on board is accounted for at all times and if there is need to offer any medical or rescue services to a crew, there is a team in place well trained for it.

Prior to getting out at sea or even during the trip, it’s a good idea to carry out regular drills to simulate some of these emergencies so that your crew gets to practice and perfect their response as well as response time during actual emergencies.

All in all as you take these measures, always ensure that you transmit this storm warning on an open channel so that other vessels can receive early warning.

I trust that this has indeed been an informative and life changing article.

Happy sailing!