Having the right equipment on board your boat and knowing how to use it will be the focus of the Maritime and Coastguard Agencys stand (C110) at this years PSP Southampton Boat Show.

Last year Her Majestys Coastguard responded to over 22,000 incidents. The Coastguards primary aim is the saving and preservation of life and this includes giving advice to people to prevent them from getting into life-threatening situations in the first instance.

During the show Coastguard Officers will be presenting three clinics at the Live Theatre in the Solent Hall about communications equipment on Wednesday 21 September at 4:40pm, Saturday 24 September at 2:15pm and Sunday 25 September at 4:25pm. The clinics will cover:

Automatic Identification System (AIS),its use and advantages for the small boat user
Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRBs) ,what you need know and how to register it
Navtex, what it is (including Maritime Safety Information)
VHF DSC (Digital Selective Calling) what it is, its benefits and a brief overview of how and when to use it
The Coastguard small boat registration scheme (CG66)

The MCA also hopes to present four Search and Rescue demonstrations on Southampton Water involving the Coastguard rescue helicopter from Lee on the Solent and an RNLI lifeboat. The demonstration will simulate the rescue of a seriously injured sailor who needs urgent evacuation to hospital. The demonstrations will take place at 12noon on Saturday and Sunday of each weekend of the show.

Date Added - 18-Sep-2011

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