TWC & Friends Fall Safety Session
Sunday October 17th, 2022 TWC & Friends held a Fall Safety Session for TWC Members, Friends of Cherry Beach and neighbouring Sailing and Rowing Clubs.
Simon Rickard, TWC Lead Instructor
- What to wear in the colder weather and what to have ready when you get back
- Areas to avoid in the Outer Harbour
- How to get out of the Eastern Gap if the wind dies
- How to call for help and Self-Rescue
Paul Howard, OHSF Commodore
- How to read the wind and weather in the Outer Harbour
- Wind shoreline effects and gusts
- Sail shape and sheeting for managing heavy winds
- Strategies for bad weather
PC Stacy Kellough, Toronto Police Marine Unit
- What to do in an emergency
- What to expect
- How to report an incident
- Cold Water Safety
Stephanie Todd, TWC Member
- Basic First Aid and how to use an AED Defibrillator
Thank you Simon Rickard, Paul Howard, Stacy Kellough, Stephanie Todd, Friends of Cherry Beach and the volunteers who helped make this happen.
Thank you Felipe Melo for capturing the video of the safety sessions.
Safety & Water Etiquette in the Outer Harbour
Did you know Outer Harbour is home to 8,000+ water users?
Outer Harbour Sailing Federation (OHSF) and Friends of Cherry Beach and Outer Harbour estimate that there are over 8,000 users enjoying water activities including long-distance swimmers, rowers, kayakers, kiteboarders, paddleboarders, sailors, dragonboaters, windsurfers and motorboaters.
Your safety is paramount.
Simon's Best Practices for Going out on the Water
Avoid Going out on the Water when:
Spots in the Outer Harbour to Avoid
Safety Checklist for EVERY TRIP!
International Safety Hand Signals
International recognized distress signal is full arms out and wave up and down.
Conversely, tap your head if you are ok.
Crossing the Eastern Gap Channel to Inner Harbour or Toronto Island
Sound Signals. What do the boat horns mean?
Boats use sound signals to communicate to other vessels in sight.
When moving, a ship may use the following basic signals to ‘contact’ other vessels:
Paddling/Windsurfing at Dawn/Dusk
Ideally don't go out at dawn or dusk but if you do, bring an LED white light.
Don't go out alone. Sail/paddle with a friend.
In a potential collision situation - hold up your LED white light above your head and shine it at the boat coming at you.
Water temperatures change very quickly. Life jackets save lives.
Invest the time to learn what Cold Water Shock is and how to be ready to handle cold water immersion if it happens to you.
Stay calm and save your energy.
Club First Aid kits and the AED are located in the clubhouse.
Have fun. Please help keep each other safe.
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