Safety at Sea - Vital Training

Compulsory for blue water sailing on Influencer is completing Safety at Sea. Its not only vital but fun too - when else can you legally let off a flare without an emergency??

Flare practice!

Flare practice!

This involved plenty of practical - getting in and out of liferafts - no it’s not easy, flipping a flipped liferaft back, and learning to set off flares correctly, amongst other general safety rules and regulations. I had no idea how hot a flare gets when its used!

The other key training for me was the Radio Operators course - proper use of a VHF and HF radio. In an emergency knowing what and how to say what needs to be said is also vital. Im happy to report I now know that VHF radios are used for line of sight contact, and HF radios for long distance and feel quite confident in using them as needed!

Liferaft training!

Liferaft training!