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Ken Gillstrom takes the “Emergencies on Board” seminar on to your boat for what will prove to be a very educational and fun weekend covering exercises on how you would handle various emergency situations on your boat (covering equipment and procedures). Practical exercises will include Flood Control, Fire Fighting, Vessel Evacuation & COB Prevention and Recovery, as well as electronic navigation systems failure in heavy fog. We will also look at the safe method to climb your mast.

2017-03-31 to 2017-04-02
When: March 31 to April 2, 2017
From 5:30 pm Friday until 3:00 pm Sunday
Where: Plumper Cove Marine Park
Keats Island
British Columbia
Presenter: Ken and Carol Gillstrom
Contact: Ken Gillstrom

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Emergencies on Board - ON WATER, BYO Boat

Friday March 31 at 1730    until     April 2 at 1500

Plumper Cove Provincial Park - Keats Island 

Ken Gillstrom takes the “Emergencies on Board” seminar on to your boat for what will prove to be a very educational and fun weekend covering practical exercises how you would handle various emergency situations on your boat. We cover both equipment effectiveness and procedures.

One of the best ways to be prepared for emergency situations is to rehearse procedures and use equipment. This will make your responses more habitual and help the brain optimize for a set of coordinated activities.

Exercises will include


a.        Calculating Capacity of Bilge pumps and testing their effectiveness (Electric and Manual)


a.       Fire below – simulation of attacking a fire on board while blindfolded

b.       Alternative emergency exits




a.       Set up a tether/jackline system on you boat that will give you full access to deck, however, not allow you to fall in the water.

b.       Retrieve a COB from the water


a.        Blind navigation exercise - navigator is to remain below deck and only use chart, depthsounder, speed log, ships compass and waatch to find a target 2 miles away

Points will be awarded for successes of each exercise, with an overall winner declared at the end of the course




Friday Afternoon – Arrive at Plumper Cove (Keates Island)

Friday Evening –

Pot luck hors d’oeurves in park

Review of weekend’s events, exercise handouts and scoring sheet

Review of Emergencies on Board Handout (will be emailed to Participants)

Saturday morning

                Flood Control, Fire Fighting, Vessel Evacuation & COB Prevention

BYOLunch on Shore

Saturday Afternoon

                Calibrating depth meter

                Calibrating speed log

                Creating a Deviation table for your ship’s compass

Simulation of navigation in heavy fog WITHOUT use of GPS, Chart Plotter and Radar. Navigator will be asked to stay below deck, so there are no visuals, and will only have depth, speed, compass course and time to work with. Participants should come equipped with appropriate paper chart of the area and tide/current tables.

Saturday Evening

                Results will be tallied and award to best score

                Pot Luck Dinner on shore

Sunday morning

                On board Voyageur 10.10, coffee, tea juice and baked goods

                Retrieving a COB from the water

                               Demo and trial of various methods on your boat

                Ascending the mast SAFELY. Demo on Voyageur 10.10 then review equipment and methods on your vessel

Wrap up by 1500 on Sunday



Ken Gillstrom is a Sail Canada Advanced Cruising Instructor, Coastal Navigation Instructor and RYA Yachtmaster Offshore. He has 45,000 miles of experience on Voyageur 10.10 as well as 25,000 miles on over a dozen other vessels. During this time he has experienced and rehearsed many different emergency situations and understands what methods and equipment works and what doesn't. He will guide you through a process that will make your cruising experiences safer.



Member Boats             $ 220.00 per boat,

Non Member Boats    $ 400.00 per boat

Limit of 4 participants per boat

Mooring/docking fees are not included.

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