1. Know your limits

The most important thing to keep in mind in order to stay safe while sailing is to know your limits. Knowing your capabilities and skills, and also your weaknesses, well ensures that you will stay within your limits and don’t push yourself too far. Accidents can easily happen if you overrestimate your abilities, so it’s better to build your skills slowly and safely.

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2. Educate yourself and your crew

On a sailing boat, you and your crew work together as a team, and you also need to function as a team in case of an emergency. Educate your crew about potential threats and safety concerns, and how to handle them.

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3. Have an emergency action plan

If you face an emergency, you don’t have time to sit down and make a plan. For that reason, it’s important that you think about potential emergency situations and how you and your crew will act. This also includes learning and practicing person-over-board (POB) manouvres, so that you are prepared if you need it. You canfind a guide to the most important manouvres here.

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4. Use a person-over-board safety system

One of the best ways to ensure youre crew and you stay safe while sailing is using a POB safety system. Our POB system can be linked to your smartwatch or wearables by other providers and will automatically alarm the rest of the crew if a person is overboard. You can download our free app here and find more information about our products here.

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5. Establish communication channels

In case of emergency, you want to be able to call for help quickly, so functioning communication channels are essential. In addition, you can get other information you may need while you are on board by communicating with other boats and people in the harbours.

6. Be in line with nature

This might be an obvious one, but an essential factor contributing to your safety on board are favourable weather conditions and a well-planned route. Before you leave the safe environment of the harbour, always check wind and weather conditions on the open sea and forecasts. In addition, good navigation makes sure you are choosing a route that suits your skills and guides you through the calmest and nicest sea conditions.

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To get more detailed information, check local sailing and water safety websites to get local recommendations and updates before you set off. With all that in mind we wish you safe and happy sailing!