Who wants to be a Skipper?
He or she must know about their crew and guests’ medical problems.
The skipper has a legal and moral responsibility for:
- the operation of this boat
- emergency health care
- safety of the crew and guests
Unique to boating:
- man overboard
- head injuries from booms
- chewed up by a propeller
- falling on decks, walkways, ladders, pontoons
- swimming, diving especially in shallow water
and of course:
- drowning, cold immersion, hypothermia, exposure, fatigue, incompatibility, heat exhaustion, dehydration, alcoholic intoxication, drug side-effects etc
- heart attacks, diabetes, epilepsy —–
And if the skipper goes down then number 2 must take over.
The skipper must:
- know about his crew and guests’ illnesses and medication.
- give a safety briefing.
- log all incidents and accidents.
- organise regular observations to be kept and recorded on all injured or ill crew or guests
See “Useful Forms”