The club regularly conducts a Risk Assessment. This means we have identified where we might have accidents happen and what we have done to reduce or remove the risk. This can of course never be fool proof – ALWAYS ACT SENSIBLY AND WITH CARE AT CSC
The decision as to whether you use safety equipment and which safety equipment is yours and yours alone. The club does not have any specific requirements and does not insist upon any particular safety equipment being carried or used. You are responsible for ensuring that any safety equipment you deem necessary is worn and/or carried by your crew/s and your children or wards.
Children should always be supervised.
Essentially safety at the club is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY. We provide a safety boat which is manned and on the water on Sundays and some Saturdays – this is not a rescue boat. It is up to you to decide whether it is safe for you sail on a particular day or not bearing in mind the weather conditions and your competence. It is also up to you to decide on what safety equipment you use or carry in your dinghy:
Wetsuits & drysuits; When the weather is cold, say between November and April you would be pretty silly not to wear a wetsuit or a drysuit. In fact many members wear these throughout the year.
Life jackets and buoyancy aids.
The type of personal buoyancy you wear is up to you. It is recommended that buoyancy is warn at all times when out on the water. Many sailing clubs have a rule that says “Nobody may go on the water without a buoyancy aid”. The difference between buoyancy aids and Life Jackets is that a life jacket will turn you on your back and keep you face out of the water if you are unconscious. Unfortunately a life jacket is very cumbersome garment that makes it very difficult to climb back into a recovered boat.
Protective headgear; not compulsory, but the joke; “Why is that thing called the Boom?”, “Because it goes BOOOM when it cracks you on the nut”, is not actually a joke that should be ignored, being knocked unconscious is a real possibility. Given that most people wear buoyancy aids and not life jackets, you might want to consider wearing protective headgear.
Given the above, sailing alone is not advised for the same reason!
Weils Disease; There is a possibility that the water in the lake is not capable of making you extremely ill, or worse! Weils disease is a product of rats.
Blue Green; as with Weils Disease, the water could be toxic. CSC has had Blue-Green on occasion – and it becomes toxic before the problem is visible
CSC is a sailing club not a swimming club so do not drink it, you have been warned.