Diane Johnson has sent information about an inexpensive Life Sling Class. After our great Man Overboard Meeting we know many of you are still pondering effective strategies for rescues from your boats. Here is a way to get even more prepared…Here’s the info…
South Sound Sailing Society’s great training is next weekend! Please contact Andy by Thursday May 31 at latest if interested, Andy at firstname.lastname@example.org (360) 491-0175. There will be actual people in water to rescue, wearing orange survival suits. Training is geared to sailboats (not powerboats) but power boater people can crew on sailboats. Bring your sailboat or they’ll find a spot for you to crew for someone on their boat.
SSSS is borrowing this facility for the LifeSling Clinic: Olympia YC, 201 Simmons St NW., in downtown Olympia http://www.olympiayachtclub.org/ Andy hopes that OYC will allow participating boats to be there overnight on guest dock, he will know soon.
Our annual LifeSling Clinic is scheduled for Saturday June 2, starting at 0900. Space is limited so please sign up early.
The Clinic is a fun and challenging way to learn the proper techniques for using the LifeSling to retrieve someone unfortunate enough to fall overboard. The LifeSling was developed here in the Northwest by the Sailing Foundation Safety at Sea Committee. It is recognized as the best method for getting an overboard victim back alongside the boat and, most importantly, onto the deck.
We begin the day with classroom instruction followed by dockside drills. We then will head out for on the water rescues. In order to provide a realistic experience under the worst case scenario where there is only one person on board to rescue the victim, each participant will do a complete rescue while sailing the boat single handed. Basic sailing ability is required.
The cost is $10. The Clinic usually lasts until mid-afternoon. Please call us at (360) 491-0175 or send an e-mail to email@example.com to sign up or to get more information. Payment is accepted at the door. Bring your PFD (required on boat),gloves, sunglasses, lunch, and plan to take up most of the day. We usually do a re-hash at the Oyster House after. (no host)
Dee & Andy Saller, Liberty