Preparation for Sailing
I love outdoor activities and one of the most exciting experiences that I have ever had is cruising in the Caribbean. It wasn’t my first time to cruise, but the experience was made memorable because I was on board with my family for the first time. Sailing with your family is one of the best ways to spend a vacation with your loved one. Most sailing companies will provide you with the entire needed itinerary and will always strive to ensure that you are comfortable; hence you have all the time that you need to spend with your family.
As much as you may yearn to sail with your family, the most important thing you need to do to have a good experience is to prepare first. There are a lot of things that you need to prepare before setting off for your voyage. Preparation depends on the number of days that you will spend in the sea. If you plan to sail for several days, then good preparation is a requisite.
When you are preparing for a tour in the seas, there are a lot of things that you must put into consideration. It is all a matter of learning. There are people who choose to attend sailing classes and those who learn from experience. I did learn from experience and I want to expound on a few basics of sailing based on my adventures. These basics are for beginners but can as well be useful to anyone.
Basics of Sailing
The first step in learning sailing is to check on the safety of the boat. Many of us who love sailing or just want to adventure usually overlook many safety measures which are very important while you are sailing. First of all, there is the need to ensure that you safe enough while out there. We are talking of securing yourself and the crew about any unfortunate occurrence which may happen- and they do occur. There are some things which may be out of control but you to try and predict them, such as the weather patterns.
As a matter of facts, the first thing that you are supposed to be aware of is the wave conditions of the waters that you are navigating and the weather pattern. White waters can at times be more turbulent than you may see them and that is one factor that you need to put into consideration. Appropriate gear is needed to help you prevent against situations such as capsizing in cold waters which may result to hypothermia.
There was a time when I went for a kayaking expedition and my kayak capsized midway. I had to be hospitalized for three day due to extensive hypothermia. Such situations call for someone to have appropriate clothing which may help during such an incident.
Safety While On-board
I had gone for a kayaking expedition with a friend during spring when the incident happened. The worst part of everything that we had not foreseen such an incident happening. Therefore it caught us all by surprise and I was the one who suffered the most from the hypothermia. We were also lucky from the fact that we were helped by some kayakers who were nearby and they noticed the unfortunate emergency that we were caught in.
Apart from the clothing and gear that you need to use, there is also the need to check on the boat before leaving, you need to do this as you normally do to your car before leaning – check on the engine oil, wiring, liquid hoses, leaks, bilges for fluids, etc. You need to ensure that they are all conducive for your journey. Moreover, you also need to check on the safety tools and equipment on-board – things like first aid kit, fire extinguishers, floaters, etc. They are ever handy when undertaking a sea trip.
It is also vital to let people, friend or family, know about your plans and where you plan to adventure and when you are expected to return. This way, they can call for help in case they notice something peculiar about the whole expedition.