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Man Overboard Protocol for Your Crew

Beyond lists of actions to take during a Man Overboard event; there are plenty of aspects to cover before you head out for a sail. Considerations from the handling characteristics of your vessel to protocol for crew to follow on board are worthy of examination and discussion. Prior planning is ...
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VHF Radio Calls to Practice for Boating

Radio; practice the calls while you are driving. Practice mayday calls out loud for fire, for illness, injury, for sinking. Think about what information you would need to convey for each one. Consider man overboard; do you want someone to rush to you, or not. Maybe you can't see mob ...
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Quick Thinking Runaway Engine Boating Exercise

Imagine you are inside a port or marina. You were about to dock, but the engine has some problem, and you cannot reduce the rpm's of the engine. The boat is moving at three knots, and you can't turn the boat around because there's not enough room. What would you ...
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Best Ever Scuba Diving Trip Checklist

I'm loving putting all sorts of checklists in my cell phone notes section for quick reference. I think this list will get printed and taped to the cruise ship cabin mirror on upcoming cruise ship dive trips to make sure we don't leave anything important behind when departing the ship ...
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Fire on a Boat: What You Need to Know and Do

Fire is one of the scariest situations you can face on a boat. Here are some considerations; some things to do or not do, and a few ideas. Feel free to comment below if you have any additions. First, check your safety. Second, check the safety of your crew. Alert ...
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Our Cruise Ship Dive Trip Packing List

Here's our Dive Checklist for a dive trip based on a cruise ship - where weight does not matter all that much. Can you think of anything I can add? Wetsuit cap Wetsuit jacket Wetsuit pants Wetsuit gloves Booties Fins Bcd Cutter Smb Smb light Smb light battery Torch 1 ...
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Best Books for 2023 Reading and Learning About Ocean Topics

Since our household interests have a wide range; there's always a stack of recently-acquired books waiting for our attention. Here's what's on our bedside tables; some pretty deep topics! Under Pressure Bill handed this to me yesterday for my Winter Break reading. Early stocking stuffer! There's a reason this gift ...
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