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Safety at Sea by MTAM
I attended the Safety at Sea Training course with MTAM last weekend (March 31).
This is by far one of the best and organized sailing related courses I took. I am not sure because this is an non-profit organization or simply because they get much help for USNA. I took the ISAF race certificate course, so I am good to go for 5 years.
I have the Cadets from the Academy to demo the many different ways MOB rescues from sailboats and power boat, demonstration of flare and dye. Finally, we had helicopter rescue on the water. On Sunday, we had to get to the poll to practice with the life raft.
I learned a lot and was reinforced many of my understanding and thinking. There were many heavy weigh speakers of the whoís who in the sailing world; a few were high ranking NOAA, USGC and NAVY captains to speak to us. You can find their names on the net.
There are many take home message of this course:
1. Crotch Strap, crotch strap, crotch strap, donít go into water with it. Hood spray is a must too.
2. PDF, PDF, PFD.
3. Position, position, position. CG can do the detective work as needed.
From now on, I will modify my mayday call something like this:
Mayday, mayday. Our position is W xx degree and xx.x minutes; N xx degree and xx.x minutes. We are East of Cape May (example) about 150 nm. Name of the vessel, Number of person on board, description of the emergency, availability of life vest and life raft.
4. Quick release, quick release, QR, straight knife is better
5. With the full foully on, very limited mobility in water. Save your energy
6. GC can see you well in dark, even just a cell phone illumination, green chem light is fine
7. Captain Kip says: Before going offshore, practice inshore in heavy weather
8. Most the CG rescuers are not a sailor. They donít understand why we sail.
9. VHF and SSB are preferred for asking for help. CG can replay your message and DF your location in their center.
10. Be patient with the Helo, 100 +knots of wind from the rotor wash. Use hand signal. Clear out the deck will increase your chance not going into the water.
11. Try to head into wind 30 degree off port side for Helo recuse
12. If use cell phone or Sat phone, call GC directly is better than 911.
I am sure I missed a lot good tips, but I am sure others will add more here.
I highly recommend this course by MTAM with the resources at USNA, you can't beat that. This course makes you think ahead of time before you encounter the trouble. Mentally prepare in your head is the best way to survive in the sea. Hope we never need to use it, but ready in a second of notice.
I am old school. Integrity is to do the right thing even when no one is watching.