#4 – Sailing Safety: Staying Safe on Your Sailing Adventure

Sailing Safety

This is the 4th installment of our series Learn to Sail: 15 Things You Need to Know which is also available as a FREE eBook.

As with any activity on the water, there are some risks. But if you learn to sail properly, you will know what precautions to take to ensure smooth sailing and a safe voyage. Here are a few “sailing safety” tips to consider:

Take a sailing course – Learn to sail at a reputable sailing school with professional instructors. At Offshore Sailing School you are taught by professional, US SAILING certified instructors who make sure you understand the “whys” not just the “hows” of sailing.

Learn on the right boat – It is important that you learn on a safe, comfortable, high performance, well maintained boat. Offshore Sailing School uses the Colgate 26 exclusively as its training boat for Learn to Sail, Performance Sailing and Racing courses. Other schools and service organizations enjoy the durability and performance of this boat, including the U.S. Coast Guard and Naval Academies and Maine Maritime Academy.

Follow these basic safety rules – Regardless of your level of expertise.

Learn to Sail: 15 Things You Need to KnowAlways tell someone before you go out on the water. Always have comfortable, wearable life vests aboard, sailing safety first. Know how to handle your boat in all conditions. Know the “Rules of the Road” and at least basic navigation skills.

Research tide, wind and weather conditions – Check the forecast before going out for a sail. Be prepared for whatever the weather might bring, with water proof gear (jacket and pants commonly called “foul weather gear”) to use if needed.

Familiarize yourself with “sail control” – The best sailors adjust sail settings for different wind and water conditions. They also know when and how to reduce sail area for comfortable control in heavy weather. Generally, sails should be relatively flat when the wind is either very light or very strong, and full when there is moderate wind.

Respect the boom – Some of the most common sailing injuries result from simply not being aware when the boom is about to swing from one side of the boat to the other. To avoid a bump to the head (or even possibly being knocked overboard), one of the most important beginner sailing tips is to be aware and respectful of the boom at all times!

Learn basic sailing terms. A good sailing course will ensue you understand basic sailing lingo so you can communicate and describe maneuvers easily aboard, and explain accurately what has occurred if you have an emergency.

If you’re looking for a great sailing school with the proper sailing safety precautions or an adventure vacation then give us a call at (888) 454-7015 or contact us online today.

- Doris

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