A sea safety campaign was launched by Brighton Marina this week in a drive to reduce accidents

A sea safety campaign was launched by Brighton Marina this week. The campaign aims to increase people’s enjoyment of water-related leisure activities while reducing the number of accidents that occur.

It will give practical advice to amateur boat enthusiasts such as not drinking and driving, checking the weather before leaving, learning the ‘rules of the road’ and letting someone know you’re at sea.

John Davey, Estate Director for the Brighton Marina Company, said: “We should all make the most of the city’s proximity to the sea. Enjoying the water can be great fun but we must all be aware – even regular boat users – of the very real perils that can easily be avoided.”

To kick-start the sea safety drive, campaign supporters Neilson, Hove Lagoon and Brighton Marina Yacht Club are offering reduced rates on their training courses. Premier Marinas is also offering an additional £10 discount for new berth holders. People should call Brighton Marina Company on 01273 628627 to find out how to collect the discount vouchers.

Peter MacGregor, from RoSPA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents), said: “We are delighted to be lending our support to this campaign. Unfortunately, every year accidents on the water cause injury and occasionally death. Boating is a great sport but whether you’re on a superyacht or a dinghy, you need to be safe and responsible to get the most enjoyment from it.”

People wanting to find out more about the training courses should contact:
Hove Lagoon on 01273 424 842
Neilson on 0870 366 1512
Brighton Marina Yacht Club on 01273 818 711