We are committed to creating a safe, welcoming and fun environment for all participants, volunteers and visitors both on and off the water. Rudyard Sailability is a Royal Yachting Association (RYA) approved training centre and as such is inspected annually to ensure that it meets the high safety standards set nationally. Here are a few of the key safety measures you can expect to see.
Our Policies and Practices
All activities are fully risk assessed and overseen by appropriately trained staff members. The centre works closely with the RYA to ensure that the most up to date safety practices are adopted. The centre operates under the guidance of RYA policies and practices are in place to safeguard children, young people and vulnerable adults. Rudyard Sailability has a designated person to oversee safeguarding issues and any staff working on 1-1 basis are enhanced DBS checked.
Trained safety staff will support your activity with a fully equipped safety boat. In this well managed environment emergencies are very rare, however, prior to your activity you will be briefed on safety procedures in the unlikely event of an emergency occurring. RYA courses in sailing and powerboating are delivered by appropriately qualified staff for the activity and within the RYA policy for teaching centres. Qualified first aid is always available.
Equipment and Hoists
Our fleet of boats have been specifically chosen for their safety features with some having exceptional stability (see our boats section).
Should you wish or need to use a hoist to transfer from or to boats your transfer will be supported by appropriately trained staff.
Safety equipment is provided for all activities. Prior to going onto the jetty or water your individual needs will be determined, and you will be provided with an approved buoyancy aid or lifejacket, the fitting of which will be checked by our staff.
A safety boat will be on the water prior to the start of any activity which is fitted with a radio to allow communication with the shore and other staff.
Rudyard Sailability Actively Seeks To:
* Create a safe and welcoming environment, both on and off the water, where children can have fun and develop their skills and confidence.
* Recognise that safeguarding children is the responsibility of everyone, not just those who work with children.
* Ensure that our training and events are run to the highest possible safety standards.
* Be prepared to review its ways of working to incorporate best practice.
* Treat all children with respect and celebrate their achievements.
* Carefully recruit and select all employees, contractors and volunteers.
* Respond swiftly and appropriately to all complaints and concerns about poor practice or suspected or actual child abuse.
Child Protection Policy Statement
As defined in the Children Act 1989, for the purposes of this policy anyone under the age of 18 should be considered as a child. The policy also applies to vulnerable adults. It is the policy of Rudyard Sailability to safeguard children and young people taking part in boating from physical, sexual or emotional harm. Rudyard Sailability will take all reasonable steps to ensure that, through appropriate procedures and training, children participating in Rudyard Sailability activities do so in a safe environment. We recognise that the safety and welfare of the child is paramount and that all children, whatever their age, gender, disability, culture, ethnic origin, colour, religion or belief, social status or sexual identity, have a right to protection from abuse.