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SPECIAL FEATURE

Safety at Sea - Creating a Culture

of Safety
Story | Rob MacLeod, The Informed Boater

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n my 45 years of teaching sailing and boating there has
never been a subject more aligned with my love of boating
and cruising than this one. Each person I talked with
about Safety at Sea spoke with commitment and passion about
the importance of creating a Safety Ethos (Culture of Safety)
aboard each boat, fleet, club and association.
Let me start with a personal story from the start of my sailing
journey. I was 25 when I learned to sail. I was hired by a new sailing school at the 'then' Hamilton Harbour Commissioners (now
the Hamilton Port Authority) under the leadership of Ian Robertson. Why hire a non-sailor for a sailing school?
My role, after a number of years with the Boy Scouts, was to
lead the shore-based activities. In addition to my duties as activity
leader, I was given the opportunity to learn to sail. It was a few
years later before I truly realized the incredible gift I was given.
Three of Canada's top sailing instructors taught and coached me
- Ian Robertson, Karen McCrae and Mike Hines. By the end of
the summer, I was an assistant instructor in one of the adult
Learn to Sail programs and I learned to be comfortable in a PFD
at all times, in all weather.
Fast forward 30 or so years. When I first took guests out on
my CS36, I would do a safety briefing - moving around the boat
and safety equipment, including PFDs. I would show my guests
where the PFDs are stowed and ask them to put them on if they
wanted to. Few did.
A few years later, I changed my approach. Before my guests
arrive, I lay out the PFDs according to the size of my guests. If I
am short a PFD, my dock neighbours are happy to loan appropriate PFDs to complement my inventory. As my guests board, I
ask them to select a PFD, put it on and then I help them adjust
the straps until the vest fits properly. Then I tell them, "If you are
in the cockpit or below deck, you are welcome to take your PFD
off. Stow it somewhere where you can find it when you need it.
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If you go out on deck - please put it back on." The majority of
my guests leave their PFD on, even sitting in the cockpit and
those that take them off, put them back on when they leave the
cockpit. One small change on my part means my guests were
more comfortable wearing their PFDs while underway and makes
for a safer sail.
SAFETY AT SEA - THE CLINIC
In preparing for this article, I called a friend and asked if I could
interview her for this article. Diane Reid, a very active offshore
sailor and instructor, immediately said yes. In fact, Diane and fellow Sail Canada instructor - Jamie Gordon - were conducting
an Offshore Personal Survival clinic the following weekend and
I was invited to join them and 12 participants at the Ontario Sailing office. I had now gone full circle - back to where I had started
my instructor career in Hamilton, Ontario.
Sail Canada's Offshore Personal Survival Course (sailing.ca/
offshore-sailing) is a 2-day course approved by World Sailing
(formerly ISAF). The training requirements form part of the Offshore Special Regulations (OSR) Governing Offshore Racing for
Monohulls & Multihulls mandated by many distance racing organizations and provides practical training for offshore cruisers.
I spoke with Diane Reid about the clinic and its value in building the safety ethos in both cruising and racing sailors. Diane
said, "The idea of safety as a culture on the boat is something everybody participates in 'just because they do it', not because they
are being pressed to do it or because they have to do it."
"How do you get your boat to that point? You start off with by
encouraging the full use of the equipment that is listed in the
racing rules - all of the equipment that is mandated - because it
is the starting point. Then it is really a question of 'How do you
get to the point on your boat where it's just a natural instinct?'"
Is there a difference between a cruiser and a racer? Diane
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Canadian Yachting April 2020

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Canadian Yachting April 2020

At the Helm: An Entertaining Thought on Creating a Culture of Safety
Club Review: Burlington Sailing & Boating Club
Special Feature: Safety at Sea
Power Review: Regal 33 Express
Sail Review: Bavaria C45
Power Review: Grady-White 235 DC
The Port Hole: April 2020
Special Feature: Planning a Cruise with PORTS Cruising Guide
Crossing The Line: Head to Canada’s New Year-round Boating Paradise
Canadian Yachting April 2020 - Intro
Canadian Yachting April 2020 - Cover1
Canadian Yachting April 2020 - Cover2
Canadian Yachting April 2020 - At the Helm: An Entertaining Thought on Creating a Culture of Safety
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Canadian Yachting April 2020 - Club Review: Burlington Sailing & Boating Club
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Canadian Yachting April 2020 - Special Feature: Safety at Sea
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Canadian Yachting April 2020 - Power Review: Regal 33 Express
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Canadian Yachting April 2020 - Sail Review: Bavaria C45
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Canadian Yachting April 2020 - Power Review: Grady-White 235 DC
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