SAILS at Bayside is accountable in respect of
Children and Young People’s safety.
In addition to its Code of Conduct & Ethics document, SAILS at Bayside is accountable to the Office of Professional Standards, Anglican Diocese of Southern Queensland.
All our Sailing & Kayaking team volunteers hold current Qld Working With Children Blue Cards, and have to undergo a Diocese of Brisbane Safe Ministry Check prior to being accepted on-team.
"Throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor, catch the tradewinds in your sails. EXPLORE. DREAM. DISCOVER" - Mark Twain
On Shore Safety
Every effort has been taken to ensure the safety of our team and the participants.
An on-shore Beach Controller controls the overall on-water safety of the event. The Beach Controller has vhf marine radio contact with the Safety Boat Skipper, each Kayak Lifeguard and each Catamaran Skipper. Many of team hold First Aid / CPR qualifications. All events have designated First Aider on the team,
All team members and participants involved with water based sailing and kayaking activities are fitted with appropriate PFDs ("lifejackets") prior to taking to the water. PFD’s are either Type 1 / L100 for smaller children or Type 2 / L50’s for youth’s and adults
Participants are encouraged to be sun-safe and a sunscreen station is available for those who forgot to bring sunscreen lotion with them.
A shade shelter is provided for venues where there is inadequate shade
Sailing & Kayaking
Our Skippers have had years of experience on the water and are very capable sailors. The catamarans are fitted with flotation panels in the head of each their main sails, or have mast floats or sealed floating masts to minimise risk should the boat capsize.
Each catamaran has a capsize ropes to make the righting process simpler. Our catamarans have "loose foot" main sails (ie no booms) to minimise the risk of injury when tacking and gybing. Catamarans are maintained on a regular basis and any reported problem is addressed prior to the next event.
All participants are briefed by the skipper on procedures and safety prior to departure. All craft have carrying limits and a Catamaran Participant Registrar ensures each craft is correctly loaded and a record of skipper and participants is maintained in respect of each trip.
Our Kayak Supervisors have have Paddle Australia Paddling Supervisor qualifications. We have an on-water policy of a maximum of 6 Participants to one Kayak Supervisor. The kayaks are unsinkable sit-on-tops with a shallow keel to assist in maintaining course. Designated kayaking boundaries are maintained to assist in ensuring safety. All participants are briefed in the basics of kayaking prior to entering the water.