Safety First
Ė Last -
Safety Always



BERMUDA WATER SAFETY
COUNCIL
P.O. Box HM 180,
Hamilton HM AX, Bermuda
Tel: (441) 295-6575
Fax:(441) 295-5523
Email: info@wsc.bm


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BEFORE GOING AFLOAT... Sailing

There are many things to consider before leaving the shore to ensure that you are sailing as safely as possible. Before going afloat, for your own and your family's sake, you must have basic skills in seamanship. As your experience grows you will be able to sail confidently in almost any conditions, until then it is important to be aware of your limitations.

  • Check the condition of all craft, be it on hire or on loan to you.

  • Always check the weather forecast before sailing

  • Understand right of way rules and responsibilities between vessels

  • Know how to lower or de-power sails in an emergency

  • Ensure that safety equipment is provided for all on board.

  • Make sure you leave details of your planned trip with someone ashore.

  • Know your limitations, always sail within your own ability and that of your crew.

  • Always stay with the boat even after a capsize

  • Personal Flotation Devices (lifejackets and buoyancy aids) and safety harnesses are essential and should be provided for everyone on board.      Always wear a type two PFD

  • Ensure that emergency and communication equipment is provided.

  • Keep an eye on the weather and sea conditions. Seek shelter in good time.

  • Be aware of offshore winds

          WHEN IN DOUBT DONíT GO OUT!

     

First Aid and Emergency Care

Courses are provided by any of the following three charitable organisations:
Bermuda Emergency Medical Technicians Association 291-0850
Bermuda Red Cross 236-8253 and St. John Ambulance Brigade 291-0808
 

More Resources....
   
BOATING

BEACH & POOL SAFETY

OTHER WATER ACTIVITY

Quick Links & Helpful Documents

 

 
 
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