Tall Ships America member vessels represent a broad spectrum of vessel types, programs, and missions.The guidelines provided here attempt to cover a wide range of application and are necessarily general in nature. This document is aimed at providing a variety of options for implementation of a vessel-specific aloft safety regimen. This document offers some discussion and context for the provided options. It aims to provide resources for both training and equipment suitable for use in aloft work in sailing vessels, with emphasis placed on both training and safety. Effective training and practice are the primary means of ensuring safety aloft. Harnesses, lanyards, and related safety equipment provide protection in the event of the unexpected.

Sailing vessels, by nature of their design, require that personnel go aloft as part of the regular care and operation of the ship. Whether for routine rig inspections and maintenance or for the operation of the sailing rig, this aloft work carries with it a measure of risk. Although falls from aloft are rare, the implications of such a fall are dire. All sail training vessels must provide effective safety aloft training, gear, and operational protocols to their trainees and crew. All successful sail training operators place safety at the core of their program. Tall Ships America encourages a culture of safety and seeks to assist where it can in enhancing safety practices.

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