Venue: Hamble River from Botley Bridge to Hamble Ferry (sheltered tidal water)
Technical Advisor BCU Level 3 Coach (Canoe)
Instructor British Canoeing UKCC Level 1 Paddlesports Instructor with site specific training and restrictions on operating area
- Visiting staff to be included within numbers.
- Apart from the instructor there must be at least one other responsible adult present aware the abilities and disabilities of individuals within the group.
Rafted open canoes 1 instructor to 12 Participants
Maximum 10 people per raft.
May be used by swimmers and non-swimmers.
Open Canoes paddled tandem 1 Instructor to 8 Participants
Maximum 4 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
Single kayaks 1 Instructor to 8 Participants
Double kayaks 1 Instructor to 6 Participants
- Canoes or kayaks should be in good state of repair
- 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
- Towing system
When planning a session consideration needs to be given to:
- Weather: Air temperature, wind (speed and direction), water temperature, outlook, when appropriate wind chill, burn time.
- Tide: Time of high/low water, range.
- Group Ability: Individual needs, medical issues.
- Record details on WhatsApp Activity Log, of group numbers, 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
- While participants are on jetty or near water.
- While any participant remains on the water.
- Ensure that care is taken (including consideration of manual handling issues)
- While moving canoes or kayaks
- While launching canoes or kayaks
- While helping participants to embark
- There will always be a qualified instructor afloat while 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 boats 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