For now coastally, you have relatively little to worry about. VHF
is fine. You aren't going 30 miles offshore
yet are you? And VHF radios now have an emergency
button to push that will send out a distress
signal along with your GPS
coordinates. Become a member
of BoatUS and it's like AAA of the sea. They will come and give you a tow. If a sailboat engine breaks down, you can still sail... or just relax and wait for the wind
or call for a tow. There are satphones but you can get an EPIRB
which is an emergency
position indicating radio
beacon which alerts planes and satellites worldwide which relay the message to Coast Guard for help in case of emergency; you just flip a switch. You can get a liferaft
, nowadays they are very tough and reliable. These things can be a start to calming the fears of your partner. Then just go out a mile or two and come back in. Once you see that you don't sink or have any problems you will venture farther out and the whole thing becomes a lot clearer. And then you realize that even in a leaky dinghy
you are safer on the water
than you were in the car on the highway that got you to the harbor in the first place.
As for types of emergencies... well I tend to bump my head
on things a lot, but that is just me. Slipping and falling. Sunburn. Fish
hooks in the finger. Knife cuts. Now if you are talking about rough weather
, then maybe things ramp
up a little, but you aren't going out in that yet. Weather forecasts are fairly good these days too.
And I believe there is a "Sailing for Dummies" book too. Try not to get permanently tied to the dock
, there is a lot of fun out there!