Sailing Safety Equipment
What Boat Safety Equipment Do I Need?
Having the correct Safety Equipment is important. The sea can be an unpredictable and dangerous place and it is easy to be caught unprepared. Take the necessary equipment with you every time you sail and hopefully you will be able to cope with any mishaps. The recommended minimum equipment is:
- Lifejackets and buoyancy aids
- VHF Radio
- Fire Extinguisher/ Fire Blanket
- First Aid Kit
- Torch/Waterproof FlashLights
Lifejackets and Buoyancy Aids
Lifejackets and buoyancy aids are not the same thing and perform different functions. Whilst buoyancy aids give maximum mobility they are not designed to turn you over in the water into a safe position. Lifejackets have collars and are designed to turn you on to your back in the water.
Choosing the correct size of Buoyancy Aid
It is extremely important the Buoyancy Aids fit properly, particularly where children are involved. Don't be tempted to buy a larger size for a child knowing they will eventually grow to fit it. Buy a Buoyancy Aid that fits correctly rather than looking at the weight guide. Don't always choose the bulkier lifejackets. Even though they provide greater buoyancy, they are more bulky and therefore it makes it more difficult to re-board a boat if you have been in the water.
Crew Safe are specialist suppliers of the world renowned Crewsaver, Baltic and Yak range of lifejackets, buoyancy aids and watersport accessories.
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