like most activities, does have some possible dangers. Knowledge,
preparation and care, can help prevent most serious problems.
Consider the following ideas when preparing for your sailing
Consider the experience level of those participating, age,
strength and understanding of first aid. Going out on the
community lake verses taking on the ocean are obviously opposite
conditions. Getting in over your head can lead to inadequate
skill and knowledge necessary for sailing conditions or unexpected
events. Although most situations can easily be handled, such
a scraps and abrasions, others take more judgement and knowledge.
Having clear thinking, good judgement and experience cannot
be overrated. Make sure those participating are able to handle
the situations that may arise.
Everyone on a sailing vessel should have a life preserver,
and wear it, especially children. The unexpected can always
happen and being prepared for it could save a life. Falling
from a boat and hitting your head can be very serious, even
a good swimmer can get knocked out and a jacket will keep
them a float. To help make jackets comfortable, fit them for
the individual. If it is the right size, comfortable and a
style that is preferred, it will be easier to wear. Although
some situations are rare, one cannot rule out the possibility
that they could happen. It is better to be safe than sorry.
Due to the nature of sailing, lots of water is involved! Sailing
shoes will give feet grip on a wet deck and help with balance,
control and walking around. A simple slip can cause a twisted
ankle, bruises or pulled muscles that not only make sailing
uncomfortable, but might cut a trip early.
Have a first aid kit on board and stocked, and check it before
each trip. Small problems can lead to big ones if not taken
care of properly and promptly. Clean cuts and wounds, use
anti-biotic ointment and cover it well. Have pain medicine
and other bandages as well as basic knowledge of first aid
care. Instructions or directions would also be helpful on
board, especially for possible dangers such as hypothermia.
Sometimes in an emergency a person does not think clearly
or quickly. Having information at hand will help handle the
situation quickly and correctly.
Wind and sun can damage your skin and be uncomfortable. Wear
clothes that protect you and help against these conditions.
Those who frequently go out in the sun, over a long period
of time, without sunscreen will be at a higher risk for skin
cancer. Apply sunscreen thirty minutes before sun exposure
and every hour or so while outside. A sunburn can occur even
a cloudy day, so always protect your skin.
these suggestions are simple and basic, that is often why
they are ignored. Following basic safety measures will help
prevent serious problems and allow you to be prepared for
the small ones that occur more frequently. By thinking ahead
accidents can be avoided and small problems will be taken
care of before they become big ones.
Rob Daniels is an avid snorkeler and outdoor enthusiasts
more at Snorkeling Shop http://www.snorkeling-shop.com
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