Hi, I'm Simon from Sailing Britican.
Hey - if you had to perform a MAYDAY call this very moment would you know the exact procedure and words to use when making the announcement?
What if that broadcast was needed to help someone you love?
We take it for it for granted that on land we can call 911 and get an emergency responder onsite within minutes.
On a boat, help might come, at best, in hours and at worst in days. The last thing a new boater wants to think about is worst-case scenarios but failing to understand how to use the VHF Radio correctly could mean life or death.
By knowing how to use the VHF emergency response system in addition to the exact wording necessary to communicate with the Coast Guard you'll be prepared to handle any emergency.
Let me share three things about how you can prepare yourself.
I know you probably want to think that nothing bad will ever happen when you're on watch, but accidents happen all the time. And what if something happens to you?
People fall overboard or bang their heads. The largest mishap on a sailboat is someone falling down the companionway stairs!
Let me show you a great way that you can learn everything you need to know to make emergency and non-emergency VHF Radio broadcasts within minutes.
THREE THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT VHF BROADCASTS
The first thing to know is that there is a set procedure for using the VHF.
Often the Captain of the boat knows what to do but others on the boat have no idea. It's imperative that everyone aboard the boat can easily access a step-by-step procedure on how to activate the VHF emergency system.
It's as simple as pushing a button and following a few prompts. By activating the system an alarm will be sent out to all ships in the vicinity announcing your need for assistance.
This is important because you need to quickly announce to all the boats in your area what your issue is. For example, if you've had someone go overboard you'll want every boat possible to be on the look-out. Or, if your engine has cut out and you're getting close to shallows, you'll want the boat nearest you to come and tow you away.
The second thing to know about making VHF Radio calls is that activating the emergency system is only part of the procedure.
Once the alarm goes out to all the ships nearby it's imperative to follow up with a very specific verbal broadcast that announces where you are, what the issue is, how many people are on board and any other pertinent information.
It's important to know the script because when talking to the Coast Guard they won't have to ask you delaying questions - you'll already know what to tell them. By quickly communicating the information they need you'll be saving valuable time.
The third point I want to make about the importance of knowing how to make emergency VHF Radio calls is that there are a variety of call categories.
It's important to use the MAYDAY only when it truly us an urgent and imminent threat to someone's life. There are other calls and verbal scripts for Pan-Pan's and Securites.
The main thing to understand here is that you need to know what script to use for different circumstances. If you use the wrong script you could endanger the lives of loved ones or simply look like a rookie sailor. You don't want all the boaties talking about you over sundowners, now do you?
Now, I know what you're thinking.
You know what to say. You know how to use the VHF. Or perhaps you know it's important and you're going to make sure you know how to handle emergencies. But what about everyone else on your boat? And what if you're the casualty?
Before we left land and headed out to sea my wife, Kim, created a series of checklists on how to use the VHF depending on what type of broadcast was required. She also created fill-in-the-blank templates so that we could easily write in the pertinent information and have all the standard things like our MMSI and Call Sign already to hand. Furthermore, Kim made reference tables for the phonetic alphabet and numbers (needed when relaying important information).
What this means is that anyone with Kim's checklists and templates would easily be able to grab the one they need, fill in a few details and then follow the instructions on how to activate the emergency system and the exact words they needed to say.
Essentially, Kim created a step-by-step easy to use manual on how to make emergency and non-emergency VHF Radio calls for those that don't use the VHF often (or ever).
THESE CHECKLISTS HELP TO SAVE THESE TWO MEN
After seven years of having our checklists and templates in our drawer we finally had to use them. While sailing off the coast of Grenada we almost ran over these two men (pictured) in the open sea.
Their boat had capsized and had we not almost run them over we would have never seen them.
A few seconds after it dawned on us that the two men were in grave danger, we signaled to them that we were turning around to get them. I took charge of the boat and Kim went downstairs to the VHF.
Kim pulled out our template, took a deep breath, and read out the MAYDAY script. To our relief four boats in the area responded and immediately headed towards us - one having a nurse on board.
It gives me chills thinking about it. We recovered the two men. They would have lasted another 10 minutes maximum. One couldn't swim and was holding onto a cooler and the other was struggling to keep his head above water.
Even though we use the VHF all the time we rarely make emergency broadcasts. By having the procedure and script in place it was easy for Kim to know what to do and when.
So...if you'd like to have a copy of VHF Radio Checklists & Templates to have handy in your Navigation Station drawer, you can purchase it here.
For a limited time only we're offering to customize the checklists and templates to have your boat name, MMSI number and call sign so all you have to do is fill out the pertinent information and read the script.
Like I said - this guide might not be for you, but it will certainly help anyone else on your boat that might need to save you! Get this guide today. You won't be disappointed.
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Not only can you get our quick-start guide with the procedures and exact wording necessary to make emergency and non-emergency VHF broadcasts, but can you imagine how nice it will be to have your personalized set in place with an editable MS Word version?
Once you have the checklists you will effectively have blueprints of success for your VHF broadcasts. You can give the manual to anyone on board and rest assured that they can make a call.
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