‘Step up’ to stay safe on boats

The Bay Chronicle - - FRONT PAGE - JENNY LING

The Whangaroa Coast­guard Unit is urg­ing the wives and part­ners of boat­ies to ‘step up’ in a bid to im­prove safety on the wa­ter.

Man Down – Time to Step Up is a free, in­for­mal course aimed at wives, part­ners and chil­dren in fam­i­lies where it’s usu­ally dad or hubby at the helm and in charge. It is also for any crew mem­bers.

It will be held at the Whangaroa Vil­lage Hall on Oc­to­ber 7 from 9.30am.

Coast­guard Whangaroa unit train­ing of­fi­cer Lisa Clem­mett says it’s ‘‘ba­sic boat­ing safety at sea’’.

‘‘It’s for any­one on a boat, where dad’s usu­ally in con­trol...any­one who’s on a ves­sel but who doesn’t know how to op­er­ate it.

‘‘It’s about be­ing pre­pared. We pre­fer peo­ple to be equipped be­fore they ven­ture out, and be pre­pared for the un­ex­pected.’’

The course is cen­tred around the sce­nario that if the skip­per - usu­ally dad - sud­denly keels over, the rest of the fam­ily could step up and get help.

It cov­ers rais­ing the alarm us­ing the VHF ra­dio, ways of sig­nalling dis­tress, lift­ing the an­chor, start­ing the boat and nav­i­gat­ing to safety.

It also cov­ers ba­sic first aid and CPR, rules of the sea, in­clud­ing who gives way, and the mean­ing of bea­cons.

Regis­ter with Jeanette Wilkins 021 817 202 or cg­whangaroa@gmail.com

Lisa Clem­mett from the Whangaroa Coast­guard unit, is pro­mot­ing the free boat safety course.

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