Water activities

DIAL, the GPS alert bracelet connected to the sea rescue service

Watersports enthusiasts know that a fall into the sea can quickly happen and prolonged immersion in the water can be fatal.

With DIAL, reassure your loved ones and leave with a free spirit!

Why equip yourself with DIAL when you go out to sea?

Based on its experience, the SNSM in association with ido-data and Philippe Starck imagined DIAL, an Individual Alert and Locating Device connected to the emergency services adapted to the practice of water sports and activities (coastal sailing, water sports, swimming...) in order to :

To have a reliable means of location adapted to the practice of nautical leisure activities

During its interventions, the SNSM unfortunately notes that practitioners are rarely equipped with devices that would make it possible to communicate their distress situation and to locate them so that they can be rescued as quickly as possible.

Reduce rescue response times: with DIAL, rescue time has been divided by 3 (a DIAL wearer is rescued in less than 30 minutes on average).

If the SNSM rescuers leave in less than twenty minutes, the time between the alert and the intervention in the area can be counted in hours.

Transmit very easily a geolocalised alert to his relatives and to the sea rescue services in case of difficulty.

Persons at risk at sea may, due to weather conditions or stress, have great difficulty locating themselves correctly. This is particularly true because they do not always have a VHF radio and are often without means of locating themselves at sea. Drift due to currents and winds can be significant, which lengthens the search time.

How does the organisation of sea rescue in France work?

In France, the organisation of rescue services at sea is handled by the Centres Opérationnels de Surveillance et de Sauvetage (CROSS), which act under the responsibility of the Maritime Prefects and coordinate all rescue actions off our coasts. They rely on the intervention capabilities of the Société Nationale de Sauvetage en Mer (SNSM), or rely on other players present at sea or who can be mobilized to rescue people in difficulty at sea as quickly as possible (fisheries, merchant navy, French Navy, Civil Security, yachting, etc.). In addition, the mayors of the coastal municipalities are responsible for the surveillance of beaches and bathing areas, up to a limit of 300 metres from the shore. The municipalities call upon the rescue swimmers of the SNSM or the French Federation of Rescue and First Aid (FFSS), the Fire Brigade of the Departmental Fire and Rescue Services (SDIS) or the CRS.

The SNSM's Sauveteurs en Mer carry out 50% of the rescues coordinated by the CROSSes and monitor 35% of the coastal beaches from the first aid posts on the beaches, under the responsibility of the mayors of the communes. 

How does DIAL work at sea?

share your location with the emergency services in case of a problem

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The wearer of the DIAL bracelet is in trouble, he triggers an alert...

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Referrers receive the alert on their smartphone and share it with CROSSes.

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The rescue team localises the person in difficulty thanks to a dedicated interface

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The Sea Rescue quickly takes action to save the person.

DIAL adapts to all your nautical activities

DIAL has been designed primarily for nautical activities in the coastal approach (small yachts, dinghy, windsurfing, kitesurfing, stand-up paddle, inflatable and swimming) and for the beach.

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