Safety Boat Risk Assessment

Hazard Risk Control Measure
Environment – Dry land
  • Slipping on stones
  • Falling off walls
  • Being hit by boats that are being launched or retrieved;
  • Possibly while carrying boat equipment


  • Warning notice at top of steps
  • Wear suitable clothing and footwear for the activity
  • Always report hazards that are evident
  • Promote a culture of moving about deliberately/ thoughtfully

**Please note


Environment – Water
  • Falling overboard
  • Cold water shock
  • Hypothermia
  • Drowning
  • It is a requirement that Safety Boat crews wear Lifejackets or Buoyancy Aids at all times
  • Two handed manning of Safety Boats, a requirement of the Club Insurers
  • Boats’ equipment to include a boarding ladder and survival bags

** see note above.

Safety Boats’ equipment and sailing craft rig
  • Being struck, squashed or dragged by gear (eg swiped by a boom of a boat that is being assisted, fingers trapped by gunwale)
  • Encourage a culture of predicting when tricky situations may arise and act in an appropriate way

** see note above.

Fire onboard Safety Boat
  • Fire burns
  • No smoking onboard the Safety Boat;
  • No refuelling to take place while engine is running
  • Fire extinguisher carried

** see note above

Hierarchy of Risk

  • Eliminate the risk if possible
  • Reduce the risk to the absolute minimum
  • Isolate the area from all but the operatives
  • Control at all times
  • Ensure that the correct PPE is used
  • Ensure that risk assessments are adhered to

(First Assessed – April 2018)

Reviewed by Ian Kennedy, Rear Commodore (Sail) YYC – January 2020

Reviewed by Ian Kennedy, Rear Commodore (Sail) YYC – January 2021