Health & Safety
At Quaystage Training we take health and safety very seriously. A sailing vessel can be a potentially hazardous environment, so we have safety measures in place that cover every eventuality. We are governed by the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) and Maritime Coastguard Agency (MCA), independent bodies who visit the centres and vessels several times a year to monitor standards.
Safety is at the forefront of everything we do. Our activities are adventurous and it would be misleading to say that they were free from any risk. However, awareness and understanding of the potential of risks is the first step to controlling them. Risk management & safety training are essential parts of our programmes and are integrated in many specific ways.
Programme design & structure
Safety is the foremost consideration of every aspect of programme design. Since Sail Camp and Dive Camp is all about hands-on learning, our staff place high emphasis on safety and risk awareness, passing these critical elements on to their team at all times.
Throughout the voyage, crewmembers learn safety procedures and take responsibility for themselves and their actions. There will be a daily briefing from the leading skipper each day and before the start of each activity by the member of staff conducting it.
This learning is reinforced through practical application, as crewmembers demonstrate safe practices during every day activities. Through repetition, simple precautions to mitigate risk will become second nature.
Quaystage Training's professional team
The quality and experience of our staff plays a vital role in our safety policy. These full-time professionals ensure the highest level of safety and instruction.
We take great pride in the knowledge that our staff are amongst some of the best qualified and sought after professionals in yachting, diving and outdoor education industries. All our senior staff undertake an active role in delivering the programmes we offer, including our Director, Ben Swain. Ben is an experienced sail trainer, with over 20 years sail training experience. He sails with one of our fleets every summer, preferring to keep a hands-on active role within the programme delivery.
In addition, all our seasonal instructors are specially selected for their professionalism, ability to work with young people and their enthusiasm to deliver to the high standards we set ourselves at Quaystage Training Ltd. Many of these instructors will have come through our own internship training programme; some of them are even former crew from one of our camps.
Whether aboard our larger sailing vessels or our smaller dinghies, wearing a life jacket is a requirement when underway. Safety preparedness is as critical in times of blue skies and calm seas as it is in rough weather. The RYA, the national governing body for sailing, requires all crew to wear life jackets, to be worn whenever training for youth groups is being undertaken. At Quaystage Training Ltd we insure that all persons on board our vessels, including our staff, adhere to this when at sea.
Staff interaction and child welfare poilcy
Quaystage Training Ltd's skippers, staff and instructors live full-time with their young crew members. Much of the success of the programmes we deliver comes from the strong working friendships that form as a result. All of Sail Camp and Dive Camp's staff are CRB checked for working with young people.
Staff and Voyage Crew are truly on an expedition together. At times and locations deemed appropriate and safe by the Lead Skipper, crew members will be granted free time to explore ashore in small groups of no less than 3, yet for the most part our staff are with their teams. This forms part of our Child Welfare Policy.
Code of contact
Participants arrive with the understanding that they will be part of the crew in training, ready to share the work of the vessel from maintenance to food preparation to navigation, and everything in between.
Young people alternate positions of responsibility each day for diversity of skills and learning. Evenings are largely devoted to programme material aboard. These are dry ships - no alcohol or illegal drugs, and no smoking.
We expect all crew members to maintain an atmosphere of respect and consideration.
We will not tolerate actions or attitudes detrimental to group cohesion or to the healthy and pleasant environment aboard. Additionally, we are a co-ed program. Girls live in separate cabins. Privacy is thus maintained even with up to ten to twelve students all living within 50 feet of each other!
Much is gained simply from living closely and in cooperation. In short, we are proud of our good reputation and maintain the tone of the programme as one of positive, highly experiential, healthy, active fun.