Rules and Safety

Rules, Regulations. – there are always some. 

 

Sailing requires a certain level of self-discipline to ensure the safety and comfort of one's self and others. Rigging boats properly, putting things away as you found them (or even better than you found them) and leaving eveything ready for next time makes the club function with the minimum of fuss.

 

Weather
 
  •      It should require no explanation that this is unpredictable!
  •      If the weather is too windy, sailing will be called off - even if the sun is shining.
  • Conversely sailing may go ahead even if it is raining.
  • Sometimes the weather changes during an afternoon from good to bad or vice versa.
  • Be prepared for sailing to be cancelled.
  • Be prepared to wait about for better weather later in the day.
  • Be prepared to be called to collect your children early if sailing is called off. Please make sure they have the facility to do this e.g. mobile phone / number.

Water Safety

  • Wearing a Buoyancy aid is COMPULSORY when on or near the water.
  • The ability to swim 25m or have confidence in the water is a requirement BEFORE sailing is allowed.
  • Putting equipment away – boats / kayaks, buoyancy aids, etc - is YOUR job and you should not expect to go home until it is done.
  • Parents – you can help, so please do so.
  • We expect the boats to be put away BEFORE showers and Galley. (The only exception is when the supervisor agrees an individual needs to get warm quickly)
  • Having everything “ship shape” is a discipline and improves safety.
  • Reporting faults is everyone’s business. Do not put broken equipment away without reporting it please. We do appreciate that accidents happen and that things do get damaged, especially with beginners, so don’t be afraid of letting the supervisor know, so it can be repaired right away.

Starting to sail

  •      Initially, you will only be allowed to crew (i.e. not helm/steer) until you have passed the basic training course.
  •      Spending time on the water every week is the only way to gain confidence and experience.
  •      More experienced members are EXPECTED to take out the juniors. This has benefits for all concerned.
  •      You may only sail with a qualified member at the helm.
  •      You may only helm at this stage if sailing with an instructor.

Behaviour

  • Being fundamentally a Scout and Guide club, a high standard of behaviour is obligatory. Bad behaviour, bad language, bullying, misuse of facilities and equipment, lack of respect for others, etc., etc., WILL NOT BE TOLERATED.
  • Having fun on the water is what this club is all about but larking about in the boats, or just on the premises is viewed as potentially dangerous behaviour and is not allowed.
  • The water's-edge “hard” is always a dangerous, slippery area with a high risk of falls - which regular members know all too well. New members must take the advice of those who know. No messing about at the water's edge or in the shallows is permitted.
  • If the member does not behave, expect him/her to be sent home and, perhaps, suspended until some assurance, from the parent/guardian, that it will not reoccur, is accepted. He/she could be endangering others. 
Recommended Clothing
  • You will need warm clothes. windproofs, hat, calf-length shorts, old trainers, etc
  • You will need a complete set of dry clothes for afterwards.
  • See clothing advice on “Recommended Clothing” leaflet - available at the club.
  • We are concerned about hypothermia. Members must be adequately dressed. We provide windproofs.
  • Hot showers and hot drinks are available for those getting too cold.
More expensive items like wetsuits can be purchased later when you become a regular sailor.
However, if you do have a wetsuit then bring it along.
  

SAFETY POLICY, HEALTH & SAFETY POLICY & CHILD PROTECTION POLICY

These are of prime importance for CSGMC.  They can be viewed at the club (and on-line at this site in due course). We follow Scout, Guide and Royal Yachting Association (RYA) policies on these matters. All instructors and other main helpers have Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) clearance.
 
If you wish to view these policies now, please go to the relevant web site.