Originally Posted by PeterM
A question for those in the know.....
I have been asked to be a safety boat at a charity event organised via my family that may involve people jumping in a marina and being 'rescued' by Newfoundland dogs....
Anyway do i need any special 'things' on the basis there is no pay and I'm carrying passengers etc.
When i see the local sailing club safety boats i know even my 4m rib is better equipped so I'm hoping I'll be ok....
Any suggestions welcome??
Peter - if you mean do you need to be approved / registered / certified / coded / licensed in any way then no - you are not gaining so you are exempt from the regs.
I've done safety cover for a couple of events recently as part of a large fleet of safety boats. Neither of these made any request that I carry any special equipment, neither did they check what I had on board. If you are the only boat it may be more important that you have the right gear. Since your role if required is presumably to pull people out the water, if required, and then quickly get them to shore your requirements are probably minimal. I don't know what you've got on board but the only things the average cruising ribber might not have and would be useful are: Throw line (can be easier/quicker in a tight space than manoeuvring the boat) and some way of getting/keeping a casualty warm while returning to shore - if it is in a marina this might just be a couple of big towels. I'd normally expect a safety boat to have a first aid kit on board - but actually you probably don't even need one for what you seem to be planning. A knife (in case someone should be entangled in a rope) but you probably carry one on board anyway - you might want it readily at hand.
I'm assuming you've "practised" getting an unconscious casualty aboard the shearwater. Actually the SR might be more appropriate?