Keeping Guests Safe While Sailing

Peter Bergstein is involved with a number of organizations in and around Lubbock, Texas, including the Lubbock Rotary Club and the First Methodist Church. Peter Bergstein enjoys skiing and boating in his free time and has sailed at the competitive level.

Staying safe on the water is the most important goal of all sailors, whether they are racing competitively or enjoying the water with family and friends. Issuing personal flotation devices (PFD) to each person on board is critical to a safe trip. While the law dictates that only children under 12 must wear a life jacket, it is advisable that every individual wears his or her PFD at all times. Safety guidelines should be explained in detail before setting sail, particularly in regards to an individual falling overboard. Everyone on board should know exactly what to do if someone falls off the boat.

Providing family members and friends with basic sailing information can also be very helpful in regards to safety, particularly if the captain is thrown overboard or otherwise incapacitated. Sailors likely will not have the time to fully educate each guest prior to a casual outing, but they should at least teach those on board how to bring down the main sheet and jib to stop the boat. Likewise, everyone on board should know where the fire extinguisher is located and how to radio for help in the event of an emergency.

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The Various Styles of Skiing

Peter Bergstein volunteers at numerous charitable events and organizations, including the South Plains Food Bank and Texas Boys Ranch. When he is not volunteering, Peter Bergstein enjoys outdoor activities such as fly-fishing and skiing.

When someone mentions skiing, most people imagine the downhill, or Alpine, style of skiing. However, there are a number of other popular disciplines and styles of skiing. Backcountry skiing is perhaps the exact opposite of Alpine skiing. Rather than cruising downhill at a resort or professionally maintained mountain, backcountry skiers move through untamed and sometimes dangerous landscapes. Backcountry skiing is similar to cross-country, though the latter generally takes place on tracts of land void of extreme features and obstacles. In countries with expansive snow fields, cross-country tracks may even be part of public ski resorts.

Extreme skiing, or speed skiing, could be considered a hybrid of Alpine and backcountry skiing, combining the downhill aspect of Alpine with the danger and off-piste approach of backcountry. Extreme runs are generally much steeper than traditional Alpine slopes and have led to extreme skiing gaining a reputation as the world’s fastest non-motorized sport. Additional disciplines include freestyle skiing, grass skiing, and heliskiing. Some athletes even combine skiing with another sport, such as shooting, as part of a biathlon event.