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1 Risk Assessment Water-Based Activities Activity Coasteering David Mutton Trained and assessed in lifesaving and coasteering skills by a technical advisor Deemed competent in line with the Instructor Pathway 1:10 should be reduced to meet the needs of participants where appropriate - e.g. behavioural issues. Impact with something solid E.g. Slips, Cuts, Twisted Ankles, Spinal Injuries, Broken Bones Illness (Hyperthermia/ Hypothermia) Becoming trapped Rock falling from above. Falling or slipping on to rock. Jumping on to submerged rock. Being pushed by waves in to solid object. Entrapment under water. Repeated submersion in stopper waves. Sudden immersion (e.g. Dry ). Being swept away. Unconscious swimmer. Weak swimmer. Jelly fish stings (E.g. Man O War, Compass). Water pollution. Allergic reactions. Asthma attacks. Submersion hypothermia. Cold sea. Cold, wet, windy days. Hot days. Nervous group members. Tired group members. Injured group members. Sea state becoming rougher. Pro-active instruction providing direction and methods to prevent impact injuries. E.g. exiting water, jump spots. A clear communication process outlined to participants prior to entry to the water, including use of a whistle. Wetsuits, BA s, appropriate footwear and helmets must be worn. Gloves are highly advisable. Guidance on technique for jumping must be provided. On-going monitoring of site to ascertain suitability for commercial Coasteering. Careful monitoring of sea state required both prior to and during the activity. Discourage stunt jumps from any height. First-aid kit and emergency equipment to be carried at all times. Instructor to assess participants swimming ability through a visual observation at the start of session in a safe place and make appropriate decision on route choice. Pro-active instruction providing direction and methods to prevent impact injuries. E.g. exiting water, jump spots. A clear communication process outlined to participants prior to entry to the water, including use of a whistle. Wetsuits, BA s, appropriate footwear and helmets must be worn. Gloves are highly advisable. Instructors to carry knife and throw line. Instructor to hold appropriate lifesaving training. Instructor to provide guidance in relation to entrapment and how to avoid. Careful monitoring of sea state required both prior to and during the activity. Avoid areas of concern/do not enter Medical conditions requested prior to trip and medical equipment carried E.g. Inhalers. Wetsuits to be worn. Instructor/Participants to carry hot or cold drink dependent on weather conditions. Safety equipment to be carried in line with SOP, considering weather conditions on the day. Careful monitoring of sea state required both prior to and during the activity. Pro-active observation by instructor of group competence, fitness levels and objectives. Instructors to be aware of escape routes on all sections of coastline utilised. Late back procedure in place to allow an alarm to be raised.

2 Kayaking & Canoeing Up to Sheltered Water Liz Palmer BCU Level 3 Canoe Coach Lead - BCU L2 or BCU UKCC L2 or BCU UKCC L1 who has been signed off by technical advisor. Assist BCU L1 Coach. 1:8 for under 13s, 1:12 for over 13s paddling tandem. 1:8 when paddling solo. Dependant on Group needs and the public Foot entrapment on capsized boat. Unable to remove spray deck. Equipment Failure. Hit in face with paddle. Playing water confidence games involving moving around in boat(s). Lifting boats inappropriately. Appropriate footwear to be worn. Safety briefing to include capsize procedure. Participants wanting to progress to use a spray deck should be provided suitable training. Instructor must have awareness of participants swimming ability. Participants must wear helmets if they are playing games where the chance of hitting their head is higher. boats. Instructor to hold first aid qualification and carry first aid kit. Appropriate clothing/equipment to be worn\ carried. Appropriate amounts/type of food and drink should be carried dependent on weather conditions, terrain etc. Appropriate group safety equipment to be carried e.g. shelter, warmth etc. Ltd, Unit 14 Prospect Business Park, Prospect Way, Swanage, BH19 1EJ

3 Open Canoeing Open water, winds up to force 4, not more than 1km from a shore. Liz Palmer BCU Level 3 Coach Technical Advisor Bill Benyon In line with BCU Terms of Reference In line with activity guidance and BCU terms of reference Not being able to paddle where you require Capsize. Foot entrapment on capsized boat or other object. Equipment Failure. Lifting boats inappropriately. Slipping on rocks. Getting out at difficult locations. Head winds. Tiredness. Appropriate footwear to be worn. Safety briefing to include capsize procedure. Appropriate emergency equipment to be carried. Participants wanting to progress to use a spray deck should be provided suitable training. Capsize drill should be practiced in controlled situation. Participants must be water confident. boats. Instructor to carry first aid kit. Helmets at the discretion of the instructor, in line with activity guidance. Instructor to be familiarised with route prior to leading group. Obtain weather and tidal information and plan accordingly. Gain awareness of group ability. Instructors to provide leadership in accordance with BCU qualification to ensure participants remain safe. Clear communication system involving signals to be explained and understood by group prior to getting on. Appropriate clothing / equipment to be worn\ carried. Appropriate amounts / type of food and drink should be carried dependent on weather conditions, terrain etc. Appropriate group safety equipment to be carried, in line with activity guidance. Ltd, Unit 14 Prospect Business Park, Prospect Way, Swanage, BH19 1EJ

4 Improvised Raft Building for Sheltered Water (as defined by the BCU). Liz Palmer (BCU L3, WWSR) BCU 2 star + BCU FRST / CST+ Induction / ratified experience. 1:12 should be reduced to meet the needs of participants where appropriate - e.g. behavioural issues. Entrapment on raft under ropes/barrels etc. Equipment Failure. Hit in face with paddle. Playing water confidence games involving moving around on raft(s). Lifting rafts inappropriately. Fingers caught when tying knots. Instructor must have awareness of participants swimming ability. Participants must be told not to put body parts under ropes. Ropes must be clean and hang in A safety boat(s) must be on the water to rescue swimmers. Instructor to carry concealed knife which must not be left unattended. Participants must wear helmets. raft. Instructor to hold first aid and carry first aid kit. Appropriate clothing / equipment to be worn / carried. Appropriate amounts / type of food and drink should be carried dependent on weather conditions, terrain etc. Appropriate group safety equipment to be carried e.g. shelter, warmth etc. Ltd, Unit 14 Prospect Business Park, Prospect Way, Swanage, BH19 1EJ

5 DofE Kayaking Liz Palmer Technical Advisor Bill Benyon In line with BCU Terms of Reference 1:8 for Sea Kayaking when paddling tandem. 1:6 when paddling solo. should be reduced to meet the needs of participants where appropriate - e.g. behavioural issues. Not being able to paddle where you require Burns & Scalding Tents Setting Fire Child Protection Issues for Unsupervised Groups Participants Capsize. Foot entrapment on capsized boat or other object. Unable to remove spray deck. Equipment failure. Lifting boats inappropriately. Slipping on rocks. Getting out at difficult locations. Tides. Head winds. Tiredness. Inappropriate use of stoves. Carelessness. Smoking. Cooking in tents. Mixed sex groups and campsites. Appropriate footwear to be worn. Safety briefing to include capsize procedure. Appropriate emergency equipment to be carried. Supervisor to be in visual and whistle contact at all times. Participants wanting to progress to use a spray deck should be provided suitable training. Capsize drill should be practiced in controlled situation. Participants must be able to swim. boats. Group to carry first aid kit and response procedure card. Instructor to carry first aid kit. Instructor to be familiarised with route prior to leading group. Obtain weather and tidal information and plan accordingly. Gain awareness of group ability. Instructors to provide leadership in accordance with BCU qualification to ensure participants remain safe. Clear communication system involving signals to be explained and understood by group prior to getting on. First Aid training to be provided. When using trangias the fuel should be stored away from the stove and when refilling is required the burner should be carried to the fuel. Participants to receive training on the safe use of stoves and preventing burns and scalds. Participants are not allowed to cook or use naked flames in tents, except in exceptional circumstances when the instructor is fully confident in the group s ability to carry this out safely. They should be trained how to do this and do so only in the porch. Campsites to be supervised if necessary. Have male and female staff if applicable.

6 Sea Kayaking Moderate tidal water, winds up to force 4, not involving fast tidal streams, easy landing. Liz Palmer (SPA) Technical Advisor Bill Benyon In line with BCU Terms of Reference In line with activity guidance and BCU terms of reference. Not being able to paddle where you require Capsize. Foot entrapment on capsized boat or other object. Unable to remove spray deck. Equipment failure. Lifting boats inappropriately. Slipping on rocks. Getting out at difficult locations. Tides. Head winds. Tiredness. Appropriate footwear to be worn. Safety briefing to include capsize procedure. Appropriate emergency equipment to be carried. Supervisor to be in visual and whistle contact at all times. Participants wanting to progress to use a spray deck should be provided suitable training. Capsize drill should be practiced in controlled situation. Participants must be water confident. boats. Helmets at the discretion of the instructor, in line with activity guidance. Instructor to carry first aid kit. Instructor to be familiarised with route prior to leading group. Obtain weather and tidal information and plan accordingly. Gain awareness of group ability. Instructors to provide leadership in accordance with BCU qualification to ensure participants remain safe. Clear communication system involving signals to be explained and understood by group prior to getting on. Appropriate clothing/equipment to be worn\ carried. Appropriate amounts/type of food and drink should be carried dependent on weather conditions, terrain etc. Appropriate group safety equipment to be carried, in line with activity guidance. Ltd, Unit 14 Prospect Business Park, Prospect Way, Swanage, BH19 1EJ

7 Stand Up Paddleboarding David Mutton BSUPA Level 1, Site Specific Induction 1:8 maximum Poor monitoring. Equipment failure. Contact with paddle Water confidence games Lifting Awareness of weather conditions. Effective safety briefing. Water confidence test. Helmets may be appropriate in certain circumstances. Instructor to hold first aid qualification and carry first aid kit. Wetsuits to be provided when appropriate Appropriate group safety equipment to be carried e.g. shelter, warmth, water etc. Ltd, Unit 14 Prospect Business Park, Prospect Way, Swanage, BH19 1EJ

8 Dorset Coasteering Information Wild Coasteering Activity Wild Coasteering on the Dorset Coast Liz Palmer N.B. Wild Coasteering is defined as leading the activity in an area which the guide may not have intimidate detail of every feature but has a sound knowledge of the local area and access restrictions and egress points. Access Restrictions Emergency Response Local Concerns Egress / Evacuation Safety Equipment Tidal / Weather Considerations Proven level of instructional competence in the activity. Proven experience in the activity and maturity to make sound judgements. Excellent knowledge of the local area. First aid certificate. It s essential the guide takes in to consideration bird and other access restrictions. Mobile phone reception is limited or non-existent at many coasteering venues. In the event of emergency the immediate situation should be dealt with accordance with your training. Coasteering brings in a reasonable number of cars and people to an all-ready busy area. We must minimise disturbance to the local area. Access and evacuation should be considered when deciding on a wild coasteering location. Greater consideration must be given as to what safety equipment should be carried, or set up on a specific Coasteer, in line with training. Favourable conditions which are well within the abilities of the instructor and participants are essential for Wild Coasteering. It s essential the guide takes in to consideration bird and other access restrictions. Ltd, Unit 14 Prospect Business Park, Prospect Way, Swanage, BH19 1EJ

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