Safety While Sailing
It is always wise to give sailboats a lot of space. Sailboats are usually the stand-on vessel.
Sailing has its own risks that require special care to avoid.
- Small sailboats are prone to capsizing and swamping. Know how to right the sailboat if it capsizes, and carry a bailer on board.
- Falling overboard is common. For that reason, sailors always should wear a life jacket (PFD).
- Sailors should stay aware of the water temperature. Capsizing in the early spring, the fall, or the winter involves the risk of hypothermia.
Those interested in sailing should take a certified course from organizations like the American Sailing Association or the U.S. Sailing Association.