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Safety boat

Safety Boat policy (Covid 19 update)

Boat

Engine kill cord worn when underway

People before property

No smoking on or near boats

The equipment checked before launching

Driver

Minimum RYA powerboat level 2 coastal

Dressed to enter the water

VHF radio attached to driver

Equipment

Anchor chain and warp, Bailer, Boat hook, Chart, Engine kill cord and spare kill cord, Fire extinguisher, First aid kit, Flares, Foghorn, Fuel, Knife, Paddle, Survival blanket, Tide tables, Throw line, Toolkit, Towing bridle, Towline, Whistle.

COVID 19

Additional equipment

2nd tow line, life ring, rope ladder, hand gel, wipes.

Social distancing is required in all but life threatening situations.

Only Sit-on top kayaks and paddleboards are available for customer use.

Kayak capsize

Engine off in proximity of the casualty

Position power boat to enable you to hold the rear of the kayak to enable the casualty to regain.

Alternatively, bring the kayak alongside, hand the casualty a rope to pull themselves on board the kayak, driver on the opposite side of the boat.

Retrieve the casualty’s paddle, holding the blade only.

Hold off for a short period until casualty is confident to continue.

Maintain careful observation.

Paddleboard capsize

Engine off in proximity of the casualty

Position power boat to enable you to hold the nose of the board to enable the casualty to regain from the tail, with help from rope tied by the driver.

Retrieve the casualty’s paddle, holding the blade only.

Hold off for a short period until casualty is confident to continue.

Maintain careful observation.

Casualty unable to regain

Use the ladder to recover the casualty to the safety boat.

Use the life ring to tow the casualty to shallow water.

Advise centre by radio.

Recover the board / kayak / paddle.

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Reviewed 30/03/2021