habits for sea safety

5 SAFETY HABITS

We will give you five simple but essential reflexes to have to ensure your safety on board.

1.

CHOOSING THE RIGHT LIFE JACKET

This is the very first step: get yourself a personal flotation device suited to what you are going to be using it for! You will need to choose a PFD with a level of buoyancy—in Newtons—that varies according to the distance—in nautical miles—you are from shore.

A buoyancy aid up to 2 miles from land, a 100-Newton life jacket up to 6 miles and a 150-Newton life jacket beyond 6 miles.

2.

WEARING YOUR LIFE JACKET

You must have at least one PFD per person on board, but you need to be wearing it! You must have your PFD on your person at all times when sailing to ensure your safety—don't leave it in the cabin. Life jackets are mandatory on pleasure vessels of 24 metres or less.

3.

MAINTENANCE AND STORAGE

Your life jacket is exposed numerous external factors: sea ​​salt, ultraviolet rays, abrasion, etc. It is important to look after it properly to prevent premature deterioration and ensure your safety. There are three important steps when it comes to maintaining your life jacket: rinse your life jacket after use, leave it to dry away from UV rays and, lastly, store your life jacket in a dry place.

 

4.

INSPECTION

For a foam life jacket, you should regularly check the condition of the waist belt and crotch strap as well as the general appearance of the life jacket.

A self-inflating life jacket requires a slightly more in-depth inspection: you should regularly check the condition of the salt tablet and the cylinder. Whatever the model of your kit, the cylinder must not be pierced or rusted, and the salt tablet must be intact. In addition, check the expiry date of your equipment shown on each item in the format MM/YYYY.

5.

REARMING

Self-inflating life jackets are equipped with a salt bobbin and a cartridge, a system that is triggered on contact with water, causing the bladder to inflate. Once activated, remember to change this kit by getting yourself a rearming kit. First, you must change the salt bobbin, then you can change the cartridge. When the inflation kit has been properly changed, there should be a cap and a little green "button" on the salt bobbin.

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