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Old 27 July 2011, 15:25   #1
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Safety briefing for non boaties coming aboard

We've had a number of people on Into the Red the past few days. For boaties its easy - "no need for kill cord to restart, basic safety kit in here, rest of it Under the seat including first aid and throw line."

For non boaties, what would be on the list? Explain how the throwing line works and such?
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Old 27 July 2011, 16:10   #2
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For non boaties, what would be on the list? Explain how the throwing line works and such?
Introduce them to the big red "Jesus" button on the VHF. I'd not want 'em trying to collect me.
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assuming you've got competent crew aboard:-

'This is how the lifejacket works and how you put it on.
Please comply with any instruction immediately and without question.
Please stay sat down (or appropriate depending on seating), and hold on with both hands.
Do NOT attempt to help or do anything that involves moving from your seat unless specifically asked to do so.
Ask,and we will tell you if it's safe to leave your seat.
If all the crew go overboard, this is how you call mayday'

and as willk says, tell them not to try and collect you!
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Introduce them to the big red "Jesus" button on the VHF. I'd not want 'em trying to collect me.
Sorry, what is a "VHF"?

Nos, that all seems to make sense. They came out expecting a potter, none seemed keen to wear ljs and since there were so many two wore pfds. We did insist though, and they soon realised the risks when I throttled up.
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Sorry, what is a "VHF"?

Nos, that all seems to make sense. They came out expecting a potter, none seemed keen to wear ljs and since there were so many two wore pfds. We did insist though, and they soon realised the risks when I throttled up.

I've taken people out on their first ever trip afloat a few times and the other rule I've always insisted on is one for myself which is:-

Don't ever look,sound or act worried or scared. Even if you think you might be in trouble,look and sound like you're enjoying yourself.
Panicking people who don't know what to do is a really bad idea and could easily be more dangerous than the original hazard.
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Official safety brief approach

MCA issued this as a basis for all persons going out on boats and is not just aimed at commercial craft

Annex 12 - Safety Briefing


Worth an understanding so if all hell broke out and there was an emergency and subsequent enquiry you can show something official. This can be printed and laminated for keeping on the boat. Just an idea
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I've taken people out on their first ever trip afloat a few times and the other rule I've always insisted on is one for myself which is:-

Don't ever look,sound or act worried or scared. Even if you think you might be in trouble,look and sound like you're enjoying yourself.
Panicking people who don't know what to do is a really bad idea and could easily be more dangerous than the original hazard.
Thats why I so frequently try to start the engine when it is in gear / kill cord not in place:

(1) it helps me get used to staying calm when it won't go
(2) it helps the pax get used to it not springing into life immediately - but all being good in the end.


Honestly its not just I'm a forgetful idiot
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I think I'd like to know where the ejector seat button is to jetison the driver when he starts acting like a prat
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A trip out boating with you lot sounds like a right barrel of laughs!

I have a 15 minute slow run up a river before I can give me pax a taste of full throttle, which is just the right amount of time to sort out life jackets, how the kill cords etc work. I don't have a fixed vhf on board, or a gps, so don't have to explain how those work, so it's more of just a "sit down, hold on in a relaxed kind of way, and let me know if it's too quick, to rough, or you just aren't enjoying it" kind of briefing.
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Depends on the risks likely to be encountered.

I would hope that part of the safety brief on this occasion was to look out for the salties.

Media Release 1 - Department of Defence

Fortunately no one seriously hurt. Media Release 2 - Department of Defence
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