Yes,thelovingbickeringbetween a couple working together as crew to flawlessly execute a navigational or boathandling
maneuver can make for a funny story
after the boat is docked. But when things
get a little challenging, it may not be all
fun and games. The unfortunate truth
is that many boating accidents, ground-
ings, collisions, fueling mishaps, and even
missing passengers occur because of con-
fusing crew communication. You think
you’re getting your
message across –
it’s perfectly clear
in your mind – but
if the message isn’t
what you have is a
failure to communicate.
Here are a few examples of initially
vague statements that could easily result
in a disastrous event at worst, or severe
embarrassment at best. Clearer communication among crew also makes it easier
to avoid hard feelings when one person
says something that sounds too judgmental to another. These examples show
how clear statements of fact are preferred
and promote safety on board. See if they
SAFE, SMART, & CLEAN
BY RICK KAUFMANN, FOR THE NONPROFIT BOATU.S. FOUNDATION
Can you hear me now?
The tone of your voice is important when talking to crewmates on board.
But even more critical is the clarity and specificity of the words you use
Precise, nonjudg-mental communications between
critical for a safe
and fun time on
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members and grants.