With the current trend for girls in particular, to grow their hair long, this obviously presents a potential risk of hair becoming tangled in the rigging or hull fittings. Asking your sailors to wear a hat, scarf or hairband to keep hair close to their head and then plait or tie their hair up with scrunchies is a simple, straightforward precaution.
Some other points to consider…..
o Awareness that standard practice would be to right the capsized boat.
- The importance of Instructors carrying sharp, accessible knives.
- Establishing and ensuring that all Instructors are aware of protocols for use in the event that a sailor becomes trapped under a capsized or inverted boat. This may include;
o Ensuring that all safety / coach boats carry a paddle or pole suitable to insert in place of a missing daggerboard
o Discussing when to enter water and associated risks
- The importance of Instructors being dressed appropriately to enter the water.
- Establishing and ensuring that all Instructors are aware of protocols for use in the event that an Instructor in sole command of a safety boat has to enter the water to assist a sailor. This may include;
o Alerting other instructors before entering the water
o Methods for keeping in contact with your boat while in the water
o What to do once immediate rescue affected – casualty and Instructor in the water
- The inclusion of realistic scenario based training on incident management as part of an organisations training for new instructors and safety boat crews.