Safety Briefing Checklist

 This Safety Briefing Checklist is the written version of our Safety Briefing Video.
It’s aim is to help give a Safety Briefing in a conversational way and to act as a reminder of some of the main points that should be covered.
it is by no means comprehensive and should be adapted to suit the particular boat.

Safety Briefing

Hello everyone welcome on-board. We hope that you will all enjoy your time on
the water today.
This vessel is equipped with the various pieces of safety equipment to help
ensure that you have a safe and enjoyable voyage.
We are now going to run through the use of this equipment and precautions that
need to be taken.


The main dangers on the boat are falling overboard or on a sailing vessel being
hit by the boom.
So if you’re not involved in a task on the boat sit down somewhere safe and hold
If you hear words such as ready about, Tacking, jibing or wash from another
vessel you must expect the boat to Rock and again on the sailing boat the boom
to move from one side to the other.

Man overboard

If someone does fall over the side and you are the person that sees them look at
them, Point at them, Don’t look away but shout for help.
If we know where they are we can pick them up as we do constant practice at
man overboard drill.
But if we lose them we could be in danger of not  being able to find them.

 Life Jackets and Safety Lines

Wear them in rough weather.
Non-swimmers, children and anyone being seasick
should have their lifejacket on and be clipped on.
We will demonstrate the clip on points which include
the jacks stays, D rings in the cockpit, the standing
rigging, the pushpit and the pulpit.
Never clip on to the guardrails or the running rigging.

Distress Flares.

The flares are kept in an orange container.
There are four types of flare.
Red parachute for use when out of sight
of assistance
Red handheld for use when in sight of help.
Orange smoke to attract aircraft
White handheld for use as anti-collision.
All of these flares should only be ignited when being held at arms
length facing down wind.


Send out May Day.
Before launching ensure that the inflation line is tied securely to the boat.
Only launch it if you will have to leave the boat.
Inflated by pulling on the inflation line.
Put the strongest crew members in first
so they can help others into the raft
Take the grab bags, handheld radio,epirb, gps, thermal protection units, water
and food.

VHF Radio

At least one crew member should be qualified to use the VHF radio.
In the case of a Mayday emergency lift the flap on the front of the radio and
hold the red button down for about 10 seconds until it beeps loudly.
Make sure the volume is turned up so that you can hear any reply
When replying press the transmit button and give the following information
The name of your vessel, your position from the GPS, the nature of your
distress, the number of persons on board and the assistance you require.
Release the transmit button and wait for a reply. If no reply is received within 30
seconds repeat your message.

Bilge pumps and Sea Cocks

The manual bilge pumps are operated by inserting the lever into the hole in the
pump and moving it up and down.
Sea cocks are located in the engine, under the wash hand basins and under the
galley sink.
When the handle is in line with the pipe or fitting the seacock is open when it is
at right angles the seacock is closed.
Wooden bungs are stowed by the seacocks for use to plug a leak if there is no
seacock to close.

Gas safety and fire extinguishers

When not in use turn the gas off at the bottle in the cockpit locker.
Also there is a stopcock near the gas cooker. To turn this off turn the handle so
that it is at right angles to the pipe.
If there is a gas leak use the manual bilge pump to pump the gas out as it is
heavier than air.
In the event of a fire Point the fire extinguisher at the source of the fire make all
the crew aware of it and make sure you have a means of escape.
If there is a fire at the cooker turn off the gas and throw the fire blanket on to the


We will point out Stowage of the following items:
• Lifejackets
• Harnesses
• Flares
• Torches
• First aid kit

Hatches etc

  • Before leaving dock ensure that all hatches are secure.
  • Loose objects stowed safely.
I am sure that after going through these items you realise that your
safety is important to us all.If you have any questions or need any
explanations please ask.But above all go out and enjoy your time on the

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