Safety Training video
Filmed in 2011, in current use by (among others) SSC, The Poole Yacht Club and many more
Sections below are with full commentary and timings
Swanage Safety Training 2010 0:00
Remain close to any incidents 0:07
After a capsize, stay close in case you are needed
Righting a boat by towing into the wind 0:26
If a sailor needs help and is drifting downwind away from the safety area, tie a rope to the bow or pick up the painter, then slowly reverse into the wind. With some downward pressure on the centreboard, the boat should right itself. Remember to reverse slowly to avoid flooding the RIB.
Righting a boat by lifting the mast 1:17
Pull the mast around until the bow is facing into wind. Slowly lift the mast to right the boat.
Towing a disabled boat 1:39
Hand the sailor a tow rope, this needs to be wrapped once around the mast, and lift the centreboard. The sailor should sit then back near the stern so that they can steer while in tow. Remind the sailor to watch their boom while in tow. For safety on a long tow, the sailor can let go at any time.
Moving a Pico or Topper to safety using the mast 3:03
Sometimes the quickest and easiest way to move a small boat to safety will be to take the crew onboard, place the mast over the RIB and tow the boat on its side
Dropping safety crew to help 3:43
Sometimes it may be necessary to drop a safety boat crew member onto the capsized boat to help. All safety crew members should be prepared and willing to get wet.
Righting a larger boat with a rope 4:38
Remember a masthead float will prevent inversion, but where a larger boat is inverted, it may be necessary to right it using a rope. Loop the rope around the stay. Gently reverse the RIB to pull the boat back up again, ensuring the bow is pointing into wind.
Helping to right a catamaran 5:37
Always first check for heads, and check that everything is OK. If the sailor needs help remember to ask them if their mainsheet and jibsheet are uncleated. Approach downwind so that you can grab the front of the mast. Pull the mast around until the bow is facing into the wind. Gently lift the mast. Sometimes a cat sailor may need to use a righting line to recover the boat. The sailor throws the righting line over the top hull in order to use their body weight more effectively. With help from the safety crew, the cat is righted.
Righting an inverted catamaran 7:36
A singlehanded sailor with an inverted boat may require righting lines and the assistance of a safety member. Helm and crew need to shift their weight to the stern to get the bows into the air to bring the cat onto its side. Weight needs to then be shifted to the bow to swing the cat into wind. This will assist with bringing the boat upright.
Towing a catamaran 9:15
If the sailor needs help and is drifting downwind away from the safety area, a tow may be required. Pass the towrope between the bridle wires, once around the mast and then back to the helm position to steer behind the RIB.
Acting fast to avert danger 09:56
If a boat is drifting into danger, it may be necessary to act quickly. Grab the boat by the bow and reverse away from the potential hazard.
HANDLING INJURIES: 10:25
Pulling a sailor from the water 10:28
To pick up a sailor from the water, approach slowly from upwind. The Crew should shout "Contact" as soon as they have hold of the sailor, and the Helm pulls the killcord.
Suspected broken arm 10:58
Handling a suspected breakage: Crew shouts "Contact" and Helm pulls the killcord. A break may well require an ambulance but perhaps not the full emergency procedure. Assess the circumstances, help the casualty into the RIB, and advise over the radio the condition of the injured sailor. Return to the club if an ambulance is not required, or to the Meet point where an ambulance is needed.
** The Meet points in conjunction with the 999 (Coastguard) Emergency Service, if an ambulance is needed, are the Slipway just North of The Mowlem - BH19 1DD, or the Town Slipway - BH19 2BB, or the Banjo Pier at the end of Victoria Avenue BH19 1AH **
An unconscious sailor with a head injury 12:10
Rescuing an unconscious sailor. RIB approaches slowly. Crew calls "Contact" and Helm pulls the killcord. Pull the sailor alongside and roll carefully into the boat. If this is not possible, communicate via radio and await help
Handling a suspected back or spine injury 13:10
With a back or spine injury, do not attempt to remove the casualty from the water. Crew shouts "Contact" and Helm pulls the killcord. It is important to provide the support required to minimise movement that could cause further damage. To provide adequate support, it may be necessary to enter the water. Remain in radio contact and await rescue services.
Last updated 11:02 on 21 February 2021