RYA Sailability launches range of new safety management resources

Affiliated organisations and recognised training centres to benefit from safety resources
01 Nov 21
The RYA Sailability MultiClass 2018 Regatta hosted by  Rutland Sailability in conjunction with Rutland Sailing Club

RYA Sailability has launched a suite of safety resources to provide advice about developing and maintaining safety management systems for on the water activity.

The online resources help support affiliated organisations as they review their own safety management systems and identify good practice and opportunities for improvement.

Support is also offered on a consultancy basis from a competent person, if Sailability groups would like further guidance on the broad range of safety topics covered:

  • Attitudes and behaviours
  • Scope and responsibilities
  • Facilities and equipment
  • Controls and operating procedures
  • Hazards and Risk Assessments
  • Insurance
  • Recording accidents, incidents and near misses

Engagement on safety issues

In addition to launching a safety blog as part of its regular programme of communication and engagement on safety issues, culture and practice, RYA Sailability has also started to deliver refresher days on Safety Boat Skills with a focus on some of the key practical safety issues related to disabled people and the Sailability community.

Coming soon

In the Spring 2022, RYA Sailability will also launch a critical friend service carried out by an advisor who can help organisations identify good practice and opportunities for improvement, as well as facilitating organisations to create an action plan around their safety systems.

A new course for the key people who take overall responsibility for Sailability sessions at RYA affiliated organisations will get also underway at this year’s Sailability conference in February 2022.

Putting safety first

Commenting on the new resources, RYA Sailability Manager Joff McGill said: “Volunteers are the heartbeat of Sailability, with huge numbers of people giving their time to get people on the water, no matter what it takes. We are committed to helping those volunteers ensure safe activity on the water at all times.

“Safety on the water is part of our everyday conversations – these new resources will help support staff and volunteers in managing risk, identifying issues and improving practice.”

To access the online resources, RYA Sailability affiliated organisations simply need to log-in to the Club Zone area of the RYA website.