Venue: Hamble River from Botley Bridge to Hamble Ferry (sheltered tidal water)
Technical Advisor BCU Level 3 Coach (Canoe)
Instructor BCU Level 2 Coach or,
BCU UKCC Level 1 with site specific training and restricted operating area.
Rafted open canoes
1 instructor to 12 participants. Maximum 8 people per raft. May be used by swimmers and non-swimmers.
Open Canoes paddled tandem
1 Instructor to 8 participants (Maximum 3 people per boat)
Open canoes paddled solo
1 Instructor to 6 participants.
can be used by swimmers or those who are water confident in a capsize situation.
· Maximum of 16 people on one session. Other sessions may run concurrently.
· Visiting staff to be included within numbers.
· Apart from the instructor there must be at least one other responsible adult present aware of the abilities and disabilities of individuals within the group.
· Canoes should be in good state of repair and meet with BCU standards.
· Painters and buoyancy must be secured.
· Raft fixings must be secure and well maintained.
· Paddles should be in a good state of repair.
· All participants must wear correctly fitting personal buoyancy (EN standards)
· Participants should wear appropriate clothing and footwear.
· Buoyancy Aid
· Paddle (with spare paddle available)
· First aid kit
· Mobile phone
When planning a session consideration needs to be given to:
· Weather: Air temperature, wind (speed and direction), water temperature, outlook, when appropriate windchill, burn time.
· Tide: Time of high/low water, range.
· Group Ability: Individual needs, medical issues.
· Report/record details of direction/destination and estimated return time
· Check equipment at start of session.
· Fit and check personal buoyancy before going afloat.
· Give safety talk/demonstration (as appropriate) at start of session.
· Ensure that care is taken
o While participants are on jetty or near water.
o While any participant remains on the water.
· Ensure that care is taken (including consideration of manual handling issues)
o While moving canoes
o While launching canoes
o While helping participants to embark
· There will always be a qualified instructor afloat before participants are afloat.
· When using rafted canoes the raft will be tethered until the instructor is afloat.
· Obey general navigation rules
· Take care near moorings and marinas
· Avoid close quarters situations with other boats, moorings, etc
· Keep clear of sites of environmental significance, mudflats, nests, etc
· When using un-rafted canoes instructor must be able to carry out a deep water rescue from whichever craft he or she is using.
End of Session:
Ensure care is taken
· When disembarking, and while on jetty
· While putting boats away (during busy periods canoes should not be left unattended on jetty)
· Faulty equipment should be labelled and/or removed from service. The fault should be logged (staffroom whiteboard/check sheet) and made good as soon as possible.
THE INSTRUCTOR HAS FINAL SAY IN DECIDING WHETHER OR NOT A SESSION TAKES PLACE AND IN WHAT MANNER IT IS CARRIED OUT