October 28th, 2019
Any activity carries a risk. These dangers can be prevented to reduce your chances. Sailing is a sport which, if certain measures are not taken, can be dangerous.
Before sailing, it is necessary to take into account certain aspects.
The captain is the person responsible for safety on the ship once it has left the port. Therefore, he must know the dangers of boarding and collision, the handling of equipment and the procedures to follow.
The AIS system is responsible for displaying all the boats surrounding your vessel, their position, speed, course and time, as well as other data of interest.
Another necessary equipment is the VHF radio, in charge of monitoring emergency calls. It is necessary that there are enough life jackets for all members, flares, whistle, bell, horn, extinguishers and all the documentation required to be able to navigate.
In case of an emergency, the first thing you should do is stay calm and alert the rescue teams. In addition, you must ensure that everyone aboard the boat, including the captain, has a personal buoyancy device.
On the other hand, it is advisable to use a safety harness when weather conditions are adverse or when sailing alone.
It is also important to make some simulation of the maneuvers of the crew on board, COB, to know how to act if a passenger falls into the sea.