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Old 14 August 2014, 16:39   #1
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Flare training???

Just watching some "deadliest catch" and seen them doing safety training before going to see including "flare training" basically standing with the trainer from US coast guard and letting off a flare.

I have never let off a flare and hope i never have to but just like first training its better to know what to expect then get a nasty surprise....

Anywhere in the UK can release a flare? Or do you just inform the coast guard and let rip?

Firing flares when not in distress...
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Don't just let them know.

They used to have some demo / training sessions - check with your local CG if they do. Although I think that might have stopped due to H&S... ...they have a nasty habit of burning people...

Cue SPR...
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Don't just let them know.

They used to have some demo / training sessions - check with your local CG if they do. Although I think that might have stopped due to H&S... ...they have a nasty habit of burning people...

Cue SPR...
Thats why knowing the correct way to release them and some practise would be a good idea!
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We got to light up hand-held flares as part of the sea survival course with Stormforce. They had a bunch of out of date flares to try (a number failed to ignite successfully), and we did it at the Shamrock Quay Marina in Soton with proper safety gear (goggles, gloves, etc).

I don't know what prior arrangements were made, but I recall the instructor phoned the CG before and after. Being a training school probably helped, not sure what the CG would say to Joe Public.

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This may give you some idea on what they do ,
Should you ever need to set one off just remember to keep away from the face & to let them off down wind especially in a rib, inflatable or liferaft last thing you want is burning dross setting fire to you boat or yourself ,
also not a bad idea to keep a thick leather glove or gauntlet in the flare box for protection .
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thanks for posting this
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Thats why knowing the correct way to release them and some practise would be a good idea!

Yeh but I think even with all the safety gear people still get injured practising...

You'll also notice those are practice red handhelds (SPR - where are you you are missing out on a opportunity!!) - rather than rockets. If you think a handheld is dangerous try standing in the line of fire of a rocket...

White is not a distress colour - although I'd imagine joe public dont know that. So a call to CG would still be a good idea. But all are expensive.

If only there was some modern alternative... either that could bounce a message off a satelite to a base station rather than relying on someone watching out for a flare or maybe using some LED/Laser technology that didn't involve a ball of fire... ...anyone?
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We have "disposed" of out of date flares on Nov5th, but we are inland 60miles from the sea. I suffered 2nd degree burns from a rocket flare that exploded in the tube, it was a couple of months out of date & of Italian manufacture, sold in the UK & CE marked. I have made a policy decision not to replace my flares with pyros, but rely on the multitude of electronic alternatives now available. For me, the pyro flare has had its day.
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If I really needed a flare, like while sinking, a few burns would not be my biggest concern.
As for electronics, they are great, no doubt, but to miss the opportunity of a rescue from someone a half mile away because he had his electronics off, I'm not sure about that.
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If I really needed a flare, like while sinking, a few burns would not be my biggest concern.
As for electronics, they are great, no doubt, but to miss the opportunity of a rescue from someone a half mile away because he had his electronics off, I'm not sure about that.
There is the laser flare...
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