“Safety at Sea” seminars to boost confidence for water-lovers this sailing season
With so many boaters taking the helm and charting a course to a tropical paradise, safety at sea is more important than ever. The hardworking team at Voluntary Marine Rescue (VMR) Whitsundays know all about the importance of safety at sea, as the number of activations they are carrying out has almost doubled in the last three years.
As Platinum Sponsor VMR Whitsundays, Coral Sea Marina felt the timing was perfect to connect the knowledge of the VMR crew with the Coral Sea Academy to bring a “How to Prevent an Emergency at Sea” session to the Academy’s Better Boating Series. The Better Boating Series offers a series of free information workshops and interactive training sessions to ensure adventurers are feeling safe at sea, prepared and confident whilst exploring the Whitsunday region.
“As Platinum sponsors of VMR Whitsundays we are incredibly supportive of the hard work the team of volunteers do. Just as the number of boaters in the Whitsundays has increased exponentially over the last 18 months, so too has the number of activations VMR have attended. From vessel breakdowns to medical emergencies the team of volunteers are on call 24 hours a day to assist the on-water community of the Whitsundays.” explains Joscelyn O’Keefe, Sales, Marketing and Services Manager at Coral Sea Marina.
O’Keefe continues, “By educating the boaties on the importance of being prepared, having the right equipment and selecting the right weather conditions before they head out on the water, the goal is to reduce the number of incidents at sea. It is so important to us as a business that we educate visitors on how they can boat safely whilst they enjoy their holiday here and at the same time preserve and enjoy the incredible marine environment that is on our doorstep,”
Regardless of boating experience, locals and visitors are invited to attend The Better Boating Series hosted by Coral Sea Academy. There are a handful of events coming up which visitors and locals can be involved in coming up in 2022:
- An Introduction to Better Boating Series (info evening at The Garden Bar Bistro – 6 Jan, 3pm)
- Women’s Only – Learn to Sail Course (next course 17-19 January 2022)
- Learn To Boat Course (available now with Mainstay Sailing)
- Learn Your Boat Personalised Training (available now with Mainstay Sailing)
- Better Boating Series – Basic Navigation, Safety At Sea, Safety at Sea, Tender Time (coming in March 2022)
Many of the practical courses are offered in conjunction with Mainstay Sailing, RYA accredited sail training company based at Coral Sea Marina. Whether you are looking to learn to sail, learn to boat or simply get to know your own boat better, the crew at Mainstay Sailing have courses suitable for all levels of experience.
For those just wanting the basics, the Better Boating Series in March is the perfect starting point. To register your interest, email firstname.lastname@example.org. This series is free and open to all abilities.