safety policy

ACTIVITY:  CANOEING

 

 

Venue: Hamble River from Botley Bridge to Hamble Ferry (sheltered tidal water)

 

Instructor Qualification:

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.

 

Ratio:

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.  Open canoes 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.

 

Equipment:

·         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.

 

Instructor Equipment:

·         Buoyancy Aid

·         Paddle (with spare paddle available)

·         First aid kit                 

·         Mobile phone      

 

Pre Session:

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

 

Session:

·         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

 

When Afloat:

·         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