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04 Safety Boat Helms

Safety Boat Helms

Your role is to ……………….

A useful reminder Safety Boat Helm Refresher Sheet

Preparation for the day

  •  Open the boat sheds (key inside the key safe in the galley)
  • Check there’s sufficient unleaded petrol for the day (include that required for the committee boat in your estimation). The OOD is responsible for organising the purchase of additional petrol but the SBO is responsible for ensuring the safety boats don’t run out.
  • All fuel tanks should remain vented – unless being carried by hand.
  • Check each boat has a kill-cord.
  • Check each RIB and inflate their walls if necessary.
  • Check the tyres of each trailer and inflate if necessary.
  • Check the bungs are fitted before launching the boats (obvious I know but…)
  • Check which jetty is to be in use for the day (rule of thumb is that when children are around and likely to be in the water we use the jetty where the committee boat is sometimes moored)
  • Retrieve the radios from the store cupboard. These are to be used by the OOD, Committee boat (RO) and one for each RIB. Take time to ensure all relevant duty crew know how to use them and test they work ok.
  • Safety pots are also in the store cupboard. Each safety boat should take one of these out on the water with them. They contain a knife, a whistle and a first aid box. THESE MUST BE RETURNED TO THE CLUBHOUSE AT THE END OF THE DAY.
  • Retrieve the bolt cutters from the store cupboard and store in the Committee boat for the day.

 End of the day

  •  Safety boats should be left vented, tidy, drained of any water and rubbish free with the kill cords left in them. Obviously back in the boat sheds!
  • Record any breakages, faults, losses etc. on the duty sheet.
  • Please return all relevant equipment to the clubhouse: radios, safety bags, boat shed keys, etc.
  • Check with the OOD if you are needed to help clean/tidy up etc any areas of the clubhouse before you leave.
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