Advice for seafarers

  • Before putting to sea check the good condition of the vessel and check the smooth operation and condition of navigation and communications equipment, engines, electrical system and levels (oil, fuel and water), rigging and safety equipment.
  • Listen to the weather forecast for the area where you wish to navigate; do not put to sea in bad weather or poor visibility.
  • Make a navigation plan before leaving and inform the sailing club or someone on shore. Try not to alter this except in cases of force majeure. Indicate the date/time estimated of departure/arrival and departure/destination port, in order to be able to receive warnings of any contingencies.
  • Report the vessel’s characteristics, both at the departure point and at the destination to ensure the best identification of the vessel.
  • Keep your sailing qualifications and regulation documentation up-to-date, in accordance with your vessel and the navigation to be performed.
  • Do not embark more crew members on your vessel than those permitted in its specifications.
  • Keep a survival pack ready carrying, in a waterproof box: the radio beacon, a portable VHF set, a pocket knife, energy bars, a waterproof torch (batteries), lines and ropes of different types and lengths, several different sized rubbish bags, flares and rockets, first aid kit, drinking water, a strobe flash light and a change of warm, dry clothing.
  • Do not put to sea without an anchor. In the case of a breakdown or lack of fuel, it can prevent your vessel from being pushed out to sea or towards the coast.
  • Attach the life raft correctly in an uncluttered area.
  • Keep lifejackets in good condition and with all accessories (light, whistle, reflective bands, straps and clasps, etc). Carry as many lifejackets on board as crew members, all of them in good conditions.
  • From the moment the vessel has been cast off, the skipper is the person responsible for the safety on board his vessel. Do not hesitate to assert your authority. Adopt a calm, responsible attitude in all circumstances to inspire confidence amongst your crew and guests. Keep a course and speed that are in line with the wind and wave conditions, looking out for the comfort and safety of all.
  • Do not lose sight of the water in front of the vessel’s prow: there could be bathers, other smaller vessels, etc.
  • Handle fuel with care; if it spills, clean the deck immediately, preventing it from reaching the bilges.
  • Remember:
    • Emergencies: Channel 16 of your VHF radio / Channel 70 VHF on LSD
    • Maritime Weather Information: +34 807 170 365