safety policy

ACTIVITY:  IMPROVISED RAFT BUILDING

 

 

Venue: Tidal section of Hamble River - specifically shore line of Manor Farm Country Park, including Hoe Moor Creek

 

Instructor Qualification:      

Instructor       BCU Level 2 Coach / UKCC level 1 Paddlesports coach with current first aid

Assistant        Competent adult with current first aid or lifesaving qualification

 

Ratio  1 Instructor to 8 Participants

 

Equipment  

 

Rafting equipment - poles, barrels, ropes in good state of repair, paddles

Student’s equipment - Personal flotation device and helmets to be worn when afloat

Instructor equipment - buoyancy aid, rescue boat (canoe/motorboat as appropriate), first aid kit, throw bag, knife, mobile phone

Transport - should be available at raft building site

 

Pre Session

When planning the session consideration needs to be given to:

·         Weather: Air and water temperature, wind, outlook

·         Tide: Time of high/low water, range

·         Group ability: Individual needs, medical issues

·         Location of activity: Jetty congestion, access issues, etc

·         Condition of equipment: Equipment in good condition

 

Session    

·         Give safety talk at beginning of session

·         Ensure care is taken:

o   While participants are moving and handling equipment

o   While participants are on jetty or river bank

·         Check suitability of rafts before they are launched

·         Check personal buoyancy and helmets before going afloat

·         Personal buoyancy must be worn when launching rafts, when afloat or when on jetty

·         The raft will be securely moored at the bank / jetty until a qualified member of staff is afloat in the session safety craft.

 

End of Session

·         Equipment should be checked and put away after session

·         Ropes coiled & stored; muddy wet lifejackets, buoyancy aids, waterproofs rinsed and dried

·         Faulty or damaged equipment should be labelled and/or removed from service, the fault logged and made good as soon as is practical

 

 THE INSTRUCTOR HAS FINAL SAY IN DECIDING WHETHER OR NOT A SESSION TAKES PLACE AND IN WHAT MANNER IT IS CARRIED OUT