Summary: If you are planning on sailing soon, check out these safety tips to make the experience as comfortable and enjoyable as possible.
When the weather starts to warm up more people will start to make their way towards the water. Sailing can be a tremendous amount of fun, but if you plan on getting out there, follow these tips to stay safe and have a great time.
Sail With Experienced People
Even when the waters seem calm, danger can strike at any moment. As a safety precaution, head out to the water with at least one person who is experienced with sailing and knows how to react under a variety of different circumstances. If you forget something or need the extra assistance you will be glad you had the extra eyes and hands to help out and prevent injuries.
Sail With a Small Boat
One mistake some beginner sailors make is heading out to the water with a big boat. Beginners should start out with a smaller boat, because they are easier to control and steer. When you are learning the basics you will want to work with a boat that is beginner-friendly and more forgiving. Once you feel more comfortable with the basics you can work your way up to bigger, more complex sailboats.
A boat could capsize for a number of reasons and it can happen quite suddenly. In the spirit of staying safe, you should practice capsizing a boat a small boat on purpose in a safe environment. Repetition is the key to mastery and you will learn many important lessons that will help you make the right decisions if you are ever faced with an unexpected capsizing in the open waters.