Safety Boat Training

Course Dates

  • 2018 Some of these are already full but waiting to be advised of dates, contact office Tue/Thur 9 -12

contact Dinghy Captain or the office.

Session Content

Safety guidelines and communication

  • wearing the killcord

Recovering people from the water

  • approaching the individual
  • dangers of the propeller
  • basic lift, roll lift and legs-first lift

Recovering a capsized dinghy when the crew can/cannot assist

  • orientating the capsized dinghy
  • using the mast to recover
  • using the dagger board to recover
  • inverted dinghy – centre board leverage

Safely returning the crew to the dinghy

Towing a dinghy:

  • astern, alongside, on board
  • depowering the dinghy


  • You will be an LSC member
  • You should have experience driving a powerboat and feel confident in your driving ability
  • Ideally you will have RYA Powerboat Levels 1 and 2, although this is not essential
  • Please watch the short video on how to prepare and recover 'LSC’s safety boat'  Orange-Aid:  SB Video
  • You should be suitably dressed in wet weather gear and prepared to enter the water, if necessary
  • You should be willing to undertake Safety Boat duty at least twice a year during dinghy racing


These sessions will be delivered by an RYA qualified Safety Boat (SB) Instructor who is an LSC member and gives their time free of charge


  • Training is free of charge
  • We will ask you to make a voluntary contribution towards the cost of fuel and SB maintenance

To Book a Place

  • If you are interested in attending or are willing to volunteer to help run these sessions, please contact
    Dinghy Captain


Read the RYA Safety Boat Handbook (ISBN 978-1-905104-38-3)Take an RYA recognised qualification – available at many local RYA Training Centres including:
Parkstone Yacht Club, Rockley Sands, Spinnaker Sailing Club (Ringwood)