Heath And Safety
At Rutland Sailability we take the safety of our volunteers and sailors very seriously and as such, take every step we can to ensure that things go right and if they do not, we undertake steps to try to ensure the problem does not occur again.
As with just about any sport or activity, there are inherent risks involved. To eliminate all risk would be to stop the sport or activity altogether and the associated enjoyment and that would be a shame.
Prior to each event, we undertake a formal risk assessment where we look at the risks involved, determine if we can avoid any of those risks, or, for those we must take, we determine what we can do to minimise the risk. For example, we have 2 safety boats on hand to support anyone on the water who needs help.
To ensure the heath and safety of all our members we ask that everyone reads and follows our operating procedures.
Our current procedures can be found here (PDF)
Accident and Incident Procedures
We have fully documented accident and incident procedures which are followed. These result in documented information and analysis, leading to improvements to avoid a similar event in the future.
We provide a short training course that explains more about the different types of disabilities that may be encountered at Rutland Sailability, how disabilities can impact on people’s ability to sail, how they can be overcome and how to create a more inclusive sailing experience and make sailing accessible to all.
We have our own RYA First Aid qualified instructor who trains those in Rutland Sailability who want or need formal first aid training.
Some people, due to their disability, need to be hoisted into and out of the boats. In order to accomplish this safely, we provide training in Safe People Handling for our helpers, which covers the operation of our manual and electric hoists.