Vital preparations and checks 2

Now check your crew.
They should be dressed warmly, and if possible, have their wet suits on. Some form of head protection, such as a kayaker’s helmet would be useful.
Life jackets should be worn at all times.
As soon as you hear the helicopter arriving you can pinpoint your position with distress flares, or a signaling mirror.
Have your VHF ready on channel 16, so the helicopter crew can contact you and give further instruction.