Be sure that everyone in your group is aware of the importance of safety aboard the vessels by reviewing these procedures with them prior to their cruise. Especially in the event of an emergency, these procedures are vitally important.
1. The Captain, deckhand, and aquatic science instructors have all been trained in safety procedures. In the case of an emergency, the Captain is responsible for directing the response effort, which will be carried out by the crew and instructors. His orders must be followed and everyone must cooperate to the fullest.
2. Due to heightened Coast Guard security concerns, all personnel and baggage are subject to search. Student backpacks and other non-necessary items are not allowed. Rules regarding restricted items will be enforced and trips can be terminated if there are any security issues.
3. The Captain can require individuals to wear personal flotation devices (life jackets) during the vessel trip. Personal flotation devices are always available to those who may want to use them and when a school's policy requires them. Shirts and shoes must be worn at all times.
4. The yellow lines painted on the deck are there for safety reasons. You must have permission from an instructor or a crew member before crossing a yellow line. No one is permitted on the bow (front deck) or to walk around the outside of the cabin at any time unless accompanied by an instructor or crew member.
5. Access to the pilot-house is restricted. You must have explicit permission from the Captain before entering the pilot-house.
6. Do not touch the winch or its cable. The deckhand will operate the winch near the "hero platform" and at least one person will be assigned to help. That person must wear a life jacket. No one may stand on the "hero platform" while the vessel is underway.
7. No running or pushing or sitting on rails is allowed. Feet should be on the deck at all times. If the water is rough, hold on to the rail or lab bench with one hand and be extra cautious.
8. Wear safety glasses whenever chemicals are used. Do not consume food or drink in areas where chemicals are used. 9. Do not leave items unsecured or loose on the cabinet tops or on the deck. 10. Report all accidents including broken equipment to the Science Instructors. There are first aid kits on-board for minor emergencies.
11. Follow all directions from the instructors, Captain, and crew. If you don't understand something, ask for clarification.