July 20, 2016
The Lifesaving Society designates the third week of July as National Drowning Prevention Week (NDPW) to focus community and media attention on the drowning problem and drowning prevention.
According to the Canadian Red Cross:
On average there are 166 boating related deaths in Canada each year
Alcohol is present or suspected in over 50% of fatalities
More than 24% of fatalities occur where life jackets were on board but not worn
Wearing a life...
July 20, 2016
When thinking about what speed you are travelling in your vessel, think in “feet per second.”
Build into this calculation the “Perception Response Sequence” (PRS) which is the time to:
Detect a hazard
Identify the Hazard
Decision and Action
Studies have shown that this sequence takes 0.5 to 0.6 seconds under clinical conditions and doesn’t include the amount of time for the vessel to respond to the...
July 11, 2016
Landing suddenly in cold water can take your breath away and can quickly compromise your ability to survive. The 1-10-1 principle will help you get through an accidental immersion.
1 Minute Cold Shock
It starts with a deep, involuntary gasp (you may inhale more than a litre of water if your head is under), followed by rapid hyperventilation. Do not panic. Wearing a life jacket will allow you to focus on getting your breathing under control.
June 28, 2016
The waters of Canada, both tidal and fresh have many hidden hazards. One of the most hazardous is called a “deadhead.” A deadhead is a log or heavy timber floating nearly vertical, with little of its bulk showing above the surface.
Deadheads can present an extreme hazard to vessels and in tidal areas, deadheads can cause significant damage to marinas and the vessels moored within. Please remember to keep constant watch and travel at...
June 17, 2016
Congratulations to the Saltspring Island Sailing Club, which has recently been certified by the Georgia Strait Alliance as the southern Gulf Islands’ first Clean Marine BC Eco-Rated boating facility. The flag designating the club as an Eco-Rated Marine was raised at the club's 2016 Opening Day ceremonies on Sunday, May 1st, by Sailing Club Past Commodore Eric van Soeren, who spearheaded the application for the certification...
June 17, 2016
If your boat is in danger, a passenger has fallen overboard, or you’re stranded on open water, do you know how to get help?
A marine VHF radio is the most effective and reliable way to issue a distress alert. Be sure to keep your radio tuned to channel 16, and always be aware of your location. When in grave and imminent danger, use this channel to contact the Coast Guard, repeating MAYDAY three times. Follow this with the name...