Safety Rules

It is every member’s responsibility to know and observe the rules of the road when on or near the water. Here are some key rules which every Jericho member must know and practice.

You, and only you, are responsible for your safety on the water.

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•  Always wear your P.F.D. on the water.
•  Sail powered craft have the right of way over powercraft, paddle and rowing powered craft.
•  All non-commercial vessels shall keep well clear of commercial vessels.
•  It is illegal and extremely dangerous to pass between a tug and it’s tow.
•  A port tack sailing vessel shall keep clear of a starboard tack vessel.
•  A windward vessel shall keep clear of a leeward vessel.
•  A vessel clear astern shall keep clear of a vessel ahead.
•  Any vessel overtaking another shall keep clear.
•  A vessel tacking or gybing shall keep clear of a vessel on a tack.
•  The area south of the orange can buoys is for training or transiting only.
•  Stay well clear of groups of beginners.
•  Swimming or wading on the beach in front of the Centre is prohibited and is particularly dangerous for small children.
•  It is unsafe to loiter or let children play near the bottom of launching ramps.
•  Stay well clear of the end of the Jericho Pier as fishers cast lines as far as possible
• Be cautious of pathway traffic when launching/retrieving.
• Do not leave your craft on the shoreline for extended periods of time.
• Beware of underwater hazards on the sea bottom between ramps 3 and 4.

Common sense goes a long way toward maintaining a safe environment. More information is available free to members and the public at the English Bay Safety Seminars.

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