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This page last updated on 16 April, 2018

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Best Practice Guides

The purpose of the guides, listed below, is to assist new volunteers when they first join NFDS. Also to provide advice to all members concerning safety and care for our sailors and equipment. We appreciate that when it comes to boats, ropes and seamanship, there are many ways to achieve the same results; however, when we are training new people, it helps if we are consistent in our approach. Consequently, the Committee has approved these guides as appropriate for NFDS. Many thanks to those who have already contributed to producing these guides.

If you have any comments or suggestions we are always willing to consider them;
just email Chris Wales at:

If you select a video which is showing in You Tube, please remember to select full screen mode, indicated by red arrow on Fig 1 on the right.

Date Added



Feb 2017

Induction for New Volunteers

April 2016

2.4 Pre- Sailing Instructions

July 2013

Servo Boat Systems - Batteries & Charging

Feb 2013

Instructions for Volunteer Safety Boat Driver and Crew

Mar 2012

Fitting a Sling

Video -  Fitting a Sling

 Oct 2012

Fitting sling for wheelchair user

Jul 2011

Children and Vulnerable Adults

Feb 2011

Moving and Handling of People

April 2010

Fitting life-jacket for wheelchair user

Oct 2010

Fitting sling for sailor who can walk

June 2010

Positioning boat for hoist

June 2010

Quick Guide to RT Procedure

April 2010

Using the hoist

Video - Using Hoist

Mar 2010

Parts of an Access Dinghy

Jun 2010

Rigging an Access 303


Assisting Returning Boats