Outrigger Santa Cruz

Safety Manual

Introduction

This document fulfills the NCOCA requirement that a Safety Manual is to be kept on site

  • This manual is stored in a binder kept in the file drawer of the OSC shed
  • This manual is also online at the OSC website at www.outriggersantacruz.org/safety-manual
  •  This manual is updated by the OSC safety officer as needed
  • Requirements are noted in red and must be observed by all members
  • Recommendations are noted in green and members are advised to observe them as best practice

Your safety officer for this year is:

Leslie Eurs Rahn safety@outriggersantacruz.org

Documentation

It is a requirement that all members fill out NCOCA waivers and the OSC waiver addendum every year as noted here http://outriggersantacruz.org/waiver. These are kept in the shed or online via NCOCA.

It is a requirement that use of club OC6 canoes outside of regularly scheduled groups or events must be reserved ahead of time online here http://outriggersantacruz.org/canoe-request-form. These will be documented on the website Club Calendar via the reservation process.

It is a requirement that use of club OC1/OC2 canoes by club members must be done only after they have received a training class as noted here http://outriggersantacruz.org/rigging-small-boats . Only those recorded in the website database as having received that training will be allowed to reserve canoes. It is a requirement that these canoes must be reserved ahead of time online here http://outriggersantacruz.org/signups. These will be documented on the website Sign Out Sheets via the reservation process.

It is a requirement that an Occurrence/Incident/Accident Form provided by the NCOCA must be filled out for anything from an occurrence (ie: keiki receives a minor cut on foot walking through parking lot) to a higher risk incident (ie: huli, swamping, surf, rocks, equipment involvement). Blank forms are kept with the safety manual and can be printed out online here http://outriggersantacruz.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/incidentform.pdf. Information ideally is gathered within 72 hours. Filled out forms are kept with the safety manual. Contact the Safety Officer after filling out the form.

It is a recommendation that the log book signed in by each paddler at time of arrival for any OC6 paddle. The top of the page has the date and time the paddle is starting, estimated time ending, and float plan if known.

It is a recommendation that when leaving in a single OC6 or any small canoe, let someone/anyone on land know your plans (float plan) in regards to estimated time of return and destination. If no one is available to know your float plan a text to the safety officer at 831-535-2971 is available for this purpose. Let whomever the contact is know when you have returned.

It is a recommendation that you report any concern regarding safety procedures by using the form on the OSC website page http://outriggersantacruz.org/leadership.  These will be documented in the Board of Directors meeting minutes.

Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs)

It is a requirement that if you are not able to swim or tread water for a period up to 30 minutes you must wear a PFD at all times when in the canoe as per your signed OSC waiver addendum.

It is a requirement by the USCG that children under 13 must wear a PFD at all times.

It is a requirement by the USCG that there be a PFD in the canoe for each person.

It is a recommendation that all OC1/OC2 paddlers wear the PFD.

It is a recommendation that any paddler wear the PFD if they feel it necessary.

It is a recommendation that the club upgrade the type of PFDs used over time.

It is a recommendation that the club examine all PFDs once each year and replace worn PFDs.

It is a recommendation that PFDs not be used for any other purposes like padding amas when stored.

General Safety

It is a requirement that each canoe have a drybag safety kit secured in the canoe with a VHF radio.

It is a requirement that each OC6 must have two bailers secured in the canoe.

It is a requirement that club OC1/OC2 canoes are never surfed on breaking waves.

It is a requirement that OC6 canoes are only surfed on breaking waves during specific race training as supervised by the race coaches and always away from the public.

It is a requirement that OC6 canoes have a tow rope when participating in races.

It is a recommendation that a Leader of the Day be identified for each paddle to serve as one voice.

It is a recommendation that each new paddler on newcomers day be paired with an experienced club member.

It is a recommendation that amas be weighted as conditions dictate by the steers person.

It is a recommendation that if a paddler inappropriately dressed suggest they borrow appropriate clothing or return another day.

It is a recommendation that paddlers wear bright colored clothing.

It is a recommendation that one paddler in each canoe wears the signaling whistle.

Huli Drills

It is a recommendation that all groups/crews practice quarterly in realistic water conditions.

It is a recommendation that there is a verbal review prior to each paddle.

It is a recommendation that a huli drill is practiced with spray skirts on for race crews.

It is a recommendation that huli drills are practiced in both Specs and Unlimited OC6’s.

It is a recommendation that crews practice how to stop or prevent a huli.

It is a recommendation that the Board of Directors track each paddler that has experienced a huli recovery.

It is a recommendation that the OC1/OC2 training class include a huli recovery.

Harbor Rules

It is a requirement that steers people obey the harbor navigation rules;
  • Due to the low freeboard / visibility of these vessels, they must stay to the farthest right and maintain a proper lookout. Surf breaking at the harbor entrance can impede ability and threaten the safety of staying to the right. If a boater in this class of craft chooses to cross over to the opposing side of the channel to exit or enter, they are advised to use extreme caution when crossing the channel and must yield to oncoming vessels.
  • Either as an individual boater, or in a group, this class of craft must not congregate in the harbor entrance or other areas of the channel or fairways that might impede normal transiting vessel traffic.
  •  See http://www.santacruzharbor.org/documents/SantaCruzHarborInnerHaborTraffic.pdf for more information.

It is a USCG requirement that canoes stay outside of the swim areas denoted by white vertical marker buoys.

It is a requirement that club members obey the harbor lighting rules between sunset and sunrise;

  •  OC6 must exhibit the lights as shown in the figure below. The required lights are:
    • Red and green sidelights visible from a distance of at least two miles away—or if less than 39.4 feet long, at least one mile away—on a dark, clear night.
    • A sternlight visible from a distance of at least two miles away.
    • When you practice or operate between sundown and sunrise you must have the red/green and the white sternlight.

  • OC1/2 our harbor master suggests an all-around white light  that is constantly in the “on” position. Or even 2 headlamps (forward/rear facing) would be ok.

Keiki / Juniors

It is a recommendation that we explore the use of ‘Safe Sport’ training and background checks for those working with paddlers age 17 and under.

It is a recommendation that coaches conduct an orientation meeting for Junior Program and Keiki Camps prior to start date; review waivers; meet with individual parents to hear expectations/concerns and review any questions regarding waivers. Notes taken on individual’s waiver regarding parent/coach consultation.

It is a recommendation that paddlers age 17 and under cannot bring a pre-signed waiver.

Equipment

It is a recommendation that each dry bag contains;

  • Flare
  • Length of cord
  • Extra rubber
  • Whistle
  • Compass
  • Cutting tool
  • Space blanket
  • Roll of  tape
  • First aid kit
  • One quick strap
  • CPR kit

It is a recommendation that a ladder strap be installed in OC6 canoes to aid in entering after a huli.

It is a recommendation that an extra steering blade and paddle be strapped to the iako.

Site Safety

It is a recommendation that a Safety Sign inside shed contains the following emergency information;

  • Call 911
  • Address of OSC shed location
  • Location of closest AED

It is a recommendation that a sign be placed around canoes informing public to stay off canoes to avoid injury.

It is a recommendation that the bulletin board contain;

  • When/how to file an incident report
  • Online link info to: “Questions, Suggestions, Concerns?”
  • Basic Safety Checklist
  • Links to check conditions

It is a recommendation that a reference binder contains;

  • How to perform CPR
  • Use of radios
  • Pre-paddle safety checklist
  • PFD use, storage and care
  • Include maps, charts

It is a recommendation that a Newcomers Day Checklist contain:

  • Introduction
  • Waiver review
  • Size up w/ paddle
  • Crews set by Leader-of-the-Day
  • Steersperson reviews:
    • Technique
    • Verbal commands
    • Seat assignments & responsibilities
    • PFD useage, try-on
    • Huli
    • Radios/dry bag
    • Loading & unloading OC6’s