Sailing can provide numerous benefits to a person. Coordinating and directing a sailboat while can teach discipline and responsibility to a person while being out in the beautiful seas can help people revitalize their energy and focus. But even with its benefits, sailing cannot be considered an entirely safe activity.
Probably, when it comes to sailing dangers and risks, people would most often think about storms or other conditions where escape is impossible. For experienced sailors, they would feel safe in the water knowing they are prepared for any threatening situations by having the right gear and knowledge of seamanship.
The traditional approach of sailing safety often involves learning the heavy weather sailing techniques, crew overboard training, learning and developing navigational skills in order to avoid collisions and grounding as well as having the proper safety equipment such as fire extinguishers, first aid kit, flotation devices and radios.
Amidst a number of safety equipments that you might learn about, there are only two instruments that are essential to sailing safety.
- Know that there could be a number of reasons as to why a sailor may fall into the water. Because of this, it is always important that you wear your PFD (personal flotation device) at all times. PFDs will be able to help you stay alive for a long period of time while in the water. Studies have shown that 83% of sailor fatalities were due to drowning and 88% of these sailors died without wearing their PFDs.
- One of the primary reasons why sailors die is because when they are thrown overboard, they are not able to call help. Even if you have your PFD, which can help you stay alive in the water, it would do you nothing if you can’t call for help. That is why it is important to have a submersible VHF (very high frequency) radios all the time because you would be able to use them to communicate.
While most people fear storms as the primary cause of sailor fatalities, you may find it quite surprising to know that most sailors actually die on a calm day and for simple reasons. The key to safety is being prepared for anything that might happen. So if you are planning on a family sailing holiday, it is important that you know how to keep you and your loved ones safe.