Boating Safety & Lectures
Flare Training and Safety Nights
BMYS is committed to safe vessel operations by its members. As part of this commitment the Club has now for several years conducted annual Flare Training and Safety Nights. New members are strongly encouraged to attend this training. These Safety Training Nights are also seen as providing valuable marine safety refresher training for more experienced Club members.
Emphasis is placed on what you need to do to prepare for your trip, including the safety equipment you are required to carry and how to use it; how to access and understand the marine weather forecast and local waterway rules; and tips on seasonal vessel maintenance.
Elements of these Safety Training Nights include:
- Participation in recreational boating in Victoria requires that Club members and the vessel that they operate are required to comply with the relevant marine safety laws.
- Keeping you, your crew and others safe on the water.
- The Marine Safety Act imposes a specific legal duty on all those participating in the operation of recreational or hire and drive vessels together with the passengers on that vessel to take ‘reasonable care’ to protect themselves and others from harm, including to not intentionally or recklessly expose others to unnecessary risks.
- As a minimum, masters of recreational vessels are expected to undertake safety assessments of their vessel operations and are required to carry the safety equipment specified under marine safety law.
- Understanding the Marine Safety Act and how this applies in relation to reportable marine incidents and the responsibilities of vessel masters in situations where a reportable marine incident occurs.
Using distress flares and how to deploy them with emphasis on the activation instructions of all flares. As part of this training members can, by attending a Flare Training and Safety Night, activate various distress flares and become familiar with their operation. The flares are discharged from the Club jetty and provide a colourful backdrop to the training.
Boat Fire Safety Training
BMYS is committed to safe vessel operations by its members. As part of this commitment the Club has now for several years conducted annual Boat Fire Safety Training. New members are strongly encouraged to attend this training. These Boat Fire Safety Training Nights are also seen as providing valuable marine safety refresher training for more experienced Club members.
While it is important to know how to prevent a fire, it is also important to know what to do in case of fire on your boat.
Emphasis is placed on fighting the fire, helping another vessel on fire and information on fire safety aspects including refueling, boat maintenance, electrical installations and the dangers associated with DIY, fire protection equipment, gas safety and fuel tanks.
Fire Protection Equipment
Equipment discussed and demonstrated during the training includes:
- Portable fire extinguishers and the different types and sizes including the legal requirements
- Fire blankets
- A bucket with lanyard must be carried – allows water to be used to extinguish wood, paper and plastic fires.
Use is made of videos on maintaining your boat to prevent a fire as well of videos of boat fires and actions taken to control them. These videos also provide top tips to reduce fire risks on your boat.
As part of the Boat Fire Safety Training Club members can see and use various fire extinguishers to put out actual fires and gain an understanding of fire extinguisher capabilities and effectiveness.
Children 12 years and older can also accompany their parents and participate in these Boat Fire Safety Training including using extinguishers.