‘Step up’ to stay safe on boats
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Lisa Clemmett from the Whangaroa Coastguard unit, is promoting the free boat safety course.