When it comes to sailing, safety can never be overemphasized. There’s so much that is required in terms of preparation and precautions to ensure that you have a safe trip especially if you intend to sail on deep waters. Therefore, before embarking on any sailing escapade, there are a number of checklist items that you must ensure you satisfy.
In this article, I will take you through the top three boat sailing safety measures you must prioritize before getting to sea. These are applicable regardless of the size of the boat that is regardless of whether it’s a small boat, a yacht or a large vessel.
Here are the top 3 boat sailing safety measures.
1 You must have a good understanding of weather patterns
Before embarking on any boat ride out to the sea, you must either ensure that you have a very good understanding of weather patterns or at minimum have someone with you on the boat who does. This is because when at sea, many sailors will say that the weather changes in an instant and is very unpredictable but the reality is that if you know how to identify the signs and slight changes in the weather, then you will be able to comfortably predict sea conditions.
2 You must always have the right equipment
Whether your boating escapades are for recreational purposes or for business, there is a number of equipment that you must have on your boat as a minimum. In fact, this happens to be a maritime regulation that has to be adhered to. Some of the right equipment includes communication, navigation, safety, first aid among others. It’s not just enough to have this equipment but you must ensure that they are of approved standards.
3 You must have proper training for emergency situations
Many things may happen while on the sea from one of your sailing mates getting sick or injured to encountering very heavy waters. It’s therefore a good idea to have the proper training to ensure that you are well prepared to handle such emergency situations. The reality is that many of these emergencies may not often occur but when they do, it will serve you well to be adequately prepared to respond.
It’s important to note that these are not things you will have figured out on your very first sailing trip therefore don’t put too much pressure on yourself to figure it out fast. Take your time and gradually build on these skills and within no time, they will be on your fingertips. When it comes to sailing preparedness, perfection will often come from doing it enough times.
I trust that this has indeed been an informative and life changing article.