Prolific is maintained in accordance with the Maritime Coastguard Agency’s Code of Practice for Small Commercial Vessels and OYT South’s exacting standards. Annual surveys by an independent assessor and regular maintenance ensure that all the equipment and the vessel’s specifications meet and exceed the legal requirements to run her as a sail training vessel.
The skipper and mates hold Royal Yachting Association qualifications at the appropriate level. In addition all staff members – paid and volunteers – undergo rigorous in-house assessment and training to ensure the highest standards are maintained, both in seamanship and in working with young people. The skipper will hold an RYA Yachtmaster Offshore certificate (commercialIy endorsed) as a minimum, and will have been approved by an independent assessor to run OYT South voyages with young people on board. The first mate is qualified to take command of the vessel in the event of illness or accident to the skipper.
All adults on board will have had a check with the Disclosure & Barring Service (the reoplaemetn for the Criminal Records Bureau - CRB). We have both male and female sea staff on all mixed voyages.
When at sea, the vessel’s position can be monitored from our office, and the boat is always contactable via one or more of the communication systems on board.
Crew members undergo a structured training programme on joining the vessel so that they are able to participate fully and safely in the voyage. Safety training is regularly reinforced during the trip.
All crew members wear integrated lifejacket / harnesses while on deck at sea. The lifejackets will inflate automatically if someone falls into the water; but harness lines keeping them clipped to the boat are designed to ensure that no-one falls in at all.
And, for anyone who is still at all worried, a few statistics from the latest research into the incidence of sports injuries per participant: rugby is 36 times more dangerous than sailing; football is 16 times more dangerous; and even netball is seven times more dangerous!