Safety is paramount at RYC. Our coaching staff are all certified in First Aid/CPR, Pleasure Craft Operators Certified, Coach Boat Safety and Radio Operators Certified. All coaches are insured through Sail Canada. On the water, coaches carry the Participant Information Form and Emergency Action Plan (EAP) at all times. Each coach boat is equipped with all Transport Canada required safety equipment and an updated first aid kit and a VHF radio. All instructors are required to adhere to all Sail Canada and Club safety requirements and EAP procedures. Depending upon the severity of the accident or incident, the Club’s Emergency Action/Response Plan may be activated.
If an injury is serious, emergency responders may be contacted, a parent or guardian will be notified immediately and the individual may be brought to the local emergency department. An instructor will accompany the sailor to the emergency department and bring the student’s Medical Form. Emergency numbers are posted next to all phones. Sailor Medical Forms are on file in the Sailing Office.
Any injury to a sailor or instructor will be reported in writing on the appropriate Accident/Incident Form. The form will be completed by the instructor involved in the incident, in consultation with the Head Instructor. The Learn to Sail Director will be notified of the incident. Copies will be filed in the Sailing Office on the day of the occurrence and a copy of the report will be retained by the instructor involved. The Accident/Incident Report will establish the facts as they occurred and the actions taken by the staff while dealing with the accident. Procedures for report any accident, minor or major, are strictly enforced.
RYC is very lucky to be located on the beautiful Kennebecasis River. Our sailors will, inevitably, hop in “the drink” while sailing, however In order to keep everyone safe, we ask that all sailors abide by the following rules for swimming:
Sailors must be careful to look for any boats or tenders that might be coming or going from the harbour. All jumping must be feet first and there will be no throwing or pushing friends in the water!
Sailors in Wet Feet and CANSail 1 must wear life jackets/PFD’s when swimming and jumping in the water
Sailors in CANSail 2 and up will have their swimming ability assessed by the Head Instructor/Instructor
All students, regardless of age or number of years in a program, are required to take a swim check on the first day of the session. The purpose of the swim check is for students to become accustomed to being in the water with their life jackets on and for instructors to get an idea of the sailor’s swimming ability. All RYC coach boards are equipped with “prop guards” to add an important margin of safety for our sailors.
Sailing is a complex sport to master and it’s important that students feel comfortable with their skills in the boat. It is also important that sailors learn to respect and appreciate the power of the environment in which they sail. Wind, waves and currents are some of the aspects that make sailing so exhilarating, but they can be factors that can make sailing quite frightening for the inexperienced sailor.
Maintaining a fun and safe learning environment is our main priority, and as such, when wind speeds exceed 15 knots (approx. 28 klm/hour), it is at the discretion of the instructor to decide whether the Wet Feet and CANSail 1 program will go out on the water. If there is excessive rain, we will also not be going out on the water. On these days, we will play sailing related games as well as provide sailing land lessons, such as what to wear when sailing, tying knots and reading the wind.
What practices and protocols are in place at the Rothesay Yacht Club Learn to Sail Program to ensure sailor’s personal safety onshore?
In order to ensure the safety of its junior sailors, the RYC Learn to Sail program follows the recommendations contained within the Sail Canada Safe Sport Guidelines. These include the Responsible Coaching Movement, which is a call to action for sport organizations to protect the health and safety of athletes, both on and off the water. The Rothesay Yacht Club and Sail Canada is committed to providing the following training for certified coaches