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CHAPTER  11 RECREATION, ATHLETICS, AND HOME SAFETY Off-duty  mishaps  outnumber  shipboard  and industrial   mishaps.   The   Navy   is   concerned   with personnel both on and off duty. In addition to traffic safety,  discussed  in  chapter  10,  the  Navy  has  developed the  Navy  Recreation,  Athletics,  and  Home  Safety Program. Sports and recreation are in the Navy to stay. In addition  to  raising  morale,  these  activities  contribute  to the development of leadership. The service member meets many conditions in sports activities that are similar  to  conditions  in  combat.  In  athletic  competition, an individual can develop various qualities to levels unattainable  by  other  means.  These  qualities  include personal  courage,  confidence,  aggressiveness,  and determination. These same qualities, which are essential in combat, can lead to mishaps and injuries in sports competition.  Somehow  we  must  find  the  “fine  line” between  courage  and  recklessness,  between  confidence and unrealistic appraisal of a situation, and between determination  and  inappropriate  stubbornness.  Finding the “fine line” reduces mishaps and injuries. We can achieve  that  fine  line  through  proper  supervision, effective instruction, and proper training of participants. It is Navy policy to provide Navy personnel, and their families, programs that will effectively contribute to their morale and well being. All personnel should include  some  form  of  exercise  in  their  daily  routine  to attain and maintain an acceptable state of physical fitness.  The  Navy  recommends  that  personnel  take  part in  vigorous  sports  activities  to  maintain  desired  levels of physical fitness. An old adage says,  “A man’s home is his castle.” Unfortunately, that very same castle can lead to a variety of mishaps. You can prevent many home mishaps, such as  children’s  poisoning,  lawn  mower  mishaps,  and  fires. Whether  a  mishap  affects  the  sailor  or  the  sailor’s family, it still affects the Navy. A safe attitude on the job needs to extend to the home and off-duty hours. In this chapter, we discuss the following areas of the Navy Recreation, Athletics, and Home Safety Program: Recreation, athletics, and home safety training Facilities  evaluation  and  inspections Personal  protective  equipment Recreational safety controls Safety  for  recreational  activities Safety  for  athletic  activities Safety  in  the  home Off-duty  mishap  investigation  and  reporting NAVY RECREATION, ATHLETICS, AND HOME SAFETY PROGRAM The Navy issued a directive dealing with recreation, athletics, and home safety in 1987 and updated it in 1990. Navy  Recreation,  Athletics,  and  Home  Safety Program, OPNAVINST 5100.25A, sets up policy and procedures for executing this program ashore and afloat. This program applies to the following personnel: All military personnel on or off base Military  dependents  while  on  government property and while taking part in command- sponsored events off base That means you are covered during an off-base softball game as part of the command’s team or as a spectator. It applies to you while you swim in the base pool and to the members of your family as they watch you at the base bowling alley. It also covers you if you get hurt while repairing your car in your garage at home. NAVY RECREATION, ATHLETICS, AND HOME  SAFETY  TRAINING The   Recreation,   Athletics,   and   Home   Safety (RAHS) Program manager must make sure military personnel receive training on recreation, athletics, and home safety at least quarterly. The program recom- mends that civilian personnel also receive this training. Work  center  supervisors  and  department/division safety  petty  officers  should  conduct  this  training.  When you are responsible for this training, make sure it is seasonal  and  geographically  appropriate.  Conduct  the training before or during those times of the year when personnel are at risk. 11-1

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