A McCrae Yacht Club volunteer rostered for swimming duty shall:
- Introduce themselves to the Race Officer and skipper assigned to the rescue boat at least one and a half hours prior to scheduled racing for the day.
- Have the appropriate wet weather clothing for the day's conditions.
From the Sailing Committee Handbook
Section 4 - Rescue Boat Skipper Handbook and Rules
Rules for Crewing
Club Rescue Boat Skippers shall be:
Above the age of 16.
Members of McCrae Yacht Club.
Approved by the Sailing Committee for each Boat.
Club Rescue Boat Crews shall be:
1. Above the age of 14
2. May be non-members with the permission of the Race Officer.
3. Each Rescue Boat shall be crewed by a minimum of TWO and normally a maximum of FOUR.
4. The Race Officer may authorise additional crew.
Passengers may be taken upon approval by the Race Officer.
Wearing of PFD’s
All occupants of Power driven vessels up to and including 4.8m are required to wear a PFD when under way.
The requirement to wear PFD’s is extended to all RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boats) rescue craft.
The race officer may at any time direct all crews to don PFD’s particularly if multiple rescues are being performed.
PFD’s - All must wear in heightened risk
when the vessel is crossing or attempting to cross an ocean bar or designated hazardous area
when the vessel is being operated by a person who is alone
when being operated at night (commencing one hour after sunset and ending one hour before sunrise) or in periods of restricted visibility
when there is significant likelihood that the vessel may capsize or be swamped by waves or the occupants of the vessel may fall overboard or be forced to enter the water
when the vessel is operating in an area where: a gale warning, storm warning, severe thunderstorm warning or severe weather warning issued by the Bureau of Meteorology is current.
Alcohol and Drugs
Skippers and crew of Rescue Boats shall not be under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Alcohol shall not be consumed at any time when operating as skipper or crew of any Rescue Boat.
Alcohol increases body-heat loss, reducing your survival time if you fall overboard. It also increases the pulse rate, leading to rapid exhaustion in survival situations.
Prescribed medications and other drugs can also pose problems. Many preparations for seasickness, hay fever and other allergies can make you feel drowsy or easily confused.