Spring is upon us, and we all want to get our an PLAY! Renting a sailboat and taking it out to sea can be a great way to spend your day... sailing can't be that hard, right? Hm. Be warned, it can also be dangerous if you don't follow a few simple rules. You don't want your amazing experience to turn into a nightmare, so we're going to look at a few different personal safety tips you need to take into account so you make it back to shore.
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Check For Safety Equipment If you were on your own sailboat you would know it had all the essential safety equipment on board, but when you charter a boat you don't have any idea what you'll find. Don't set off until you've had a thorough look around to make sure you have all the safety equipment you might need in the event of an emergency. When you rent your boat from a respectable charter agency it's likely they will have everything you'll need, but everyone is prone to making mistakes and something might be missing. Think Safety At All Times Once the bad weather strikes you'll automatically go into safety mode and your mind will be completely switched on. When the sea is relatively calm and you're having a lot of fun you won't be thinking about safety. This is actually dangerous considering most sailing accidents happen when the sea is calm.perhaps you didn't know this because it seems so strange, but it just goes to show you that safety should always be at the forefront of your mind whenever you're out at sea. You Need To Stay Warm Sometimes it's going to get cold when you're out on the water and you'll need to wrap up tight. Even when you're only a little cold you can't underestimate the importance of keeping warm. If something bad were to happen you might only have seconds or minutes to react, so you'd be in deep trouble if you were starting to suffer from hypothermia. It will affect your judgement and you won't have the same physical capabilities, so the chances of you reacting to something correctly will be much lower. Know When To Give Up OK - so you've spent a lot of money chartering a sailboat, but you have to ask yourself how much your life is worth. If you have your family on board you have to think about them too. If the conditions get too rough and you feel like there is a chance something might be wrong it's better to turn around and head home. It might end up ruining your experience, but at least you'll live to tell your tale. Someone who take too many chances with their life might not be here any more to tell their tale. MaritimeMake Sure Your Guests Are Safe If you're taking any guests out on the sailboat you'll need to make sure they're safe at all times. If they've not been out on the water before they won't know what to do in an emergency, so you'll need to teach them a few essential tips before you set off as well as keeping your eye on them at all times. If they get into trouble it won't only be their life that is in danger because you'll need to help them which will put your life at risk too. It's Not All Doom And Gloom Let's be honest, when you're out on the sailboat you're going to have a blast. If you're lucky the conditions will be ideal and you will be enjoying yourself so much you won't want to head back to shore. All good things must come to an end, but enjoy your freedom out at sea while it lasts. Just because you're clued in about safety doesn't mean it's going to affect the fun you'll have, but there is nothing wrong with being prepared. The agency you chartered your sailboat from will appreciate you knowing this information too and they'll be glad when you bring it back to them in one piece. [video width="640" height="360" wmv="/blogs/first-aid-mart/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/AMK-Marine-1000.wmv"][/video]