Activity

Assessor

Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP) during SALTWALK Activities

Mark Price

 

Required Instructor Competence

  • Academy of Surfing (ASI) in Level 1 & 2 Water SUP Instructors, ASI SUP Instructor Water Safety Rescue Award and Emergency First Aid

Ratios

• Closed water 1:8 if solo or 1:12 with assistance

• Open water 1:6

  • Ratios should be reduced to meet the needs of participants where appropriate -

e.g. behavioral issues.

 

Identified Hazards

Who is at risk?

Example Causes

Control Measures

Impact with something solid E.g. Collisions, Slips, Cuts, Twisted Ankles, Spinal Injuries, Broken Bones

Instructors & All Participants/ Group Leaders

  • Being hit by a boat
  • Falling or slipping on to hard surface.
  • Jumping on or off jetty.
  • Being pushed by wind or another water user in to solid object.
  • Being hit by car
  • Derby and Darley Rowing Clubs operate on the Derwent between the city Centre and Darley Abbey weir. High risk of collision with rowing boats.
  • Pro-active instruction providing direction and methods to prevent impact injuries.
    • Entering or exiting water via land or jetty on knees. 
    • Giving way to sail and keeping a wide birth of fishing boats
  • Wetsuits (in cold conditions), leashes and appropriate footwear must be worn.
  • Helmets and BA’s must be worn always on white water
  • On-going monitoring of site to ascertain suitability for SUP.
  • Careful monitoring of water state required both prior to and during the activity.
  • Discourage any kind of jump from land to SUP, or SUP to SUP
  • First-aid kit and emergency equipment to be carried always.
  • Navigational right of way to be displayed clearing on the website and form a critical part of all basic training. Work with the two local rowing clubs to ensure paddlers follow rules.

Personal Injury

E.g. Slips, Cuts, Head Injuries, strained backs

Instructors & All Participants/ Group Leaders and the public

  • Hit in face with paddle.
  • Playing water confidence games involving moving around on board(s).
  • Lifting boards inappropriately.
  • Participants must wear helmets if they are on white water where the chance of hitting their head is higher.
  • Warm up paddling to be encouraged before racing or playing games.
  • Instructor to provide health and safety briefing(s) to prevent injuries, including manual handling.
  • Instructor to hold first aid and rescue qualifications and carry first aid kit.

Drowning

Instructors & All Participants/ Group Leaders

  • Buoyancy aid not fitted correctly
  • Entrapment under water.
  • Entrapment via leash around strainer
  • Repeated submersion in stopper waves.
  • Sudden immersion (e.g. Dry Drowning).
  • Being swept away.
  • Unconscious swimmer.
  • Weak swimmer.
  • Leashes to be worn by all water users always on the water with no exceptions
  • No ankle or calf leashes to be worn on fast flowing or white water.  Only quick release waist or chest leashes
  • Juniors must have BAs fitted correctly and worn near and on the water always.
  • Adults must have BAs fitted correctly and worn near and on the water at all venues that require them.
  • Equipment to be visually checked prior, during and after the activity.
  • Instructor must always check swimming ability and always ask participant to read and sign conditions of participation prior to water use.
  • When not at Carsington 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. entering and exiting water.
  • A clear communication process outlined to participants prior to entry to the water.
  • Wetsuits (in cold conditions) and appropriate footwear must be worn.
  • Helmets must be worn at all times on white water
  • Instructors to carry knife and throw line on moving water.
  • Instructor to hold appropriate water rescue training.
  • Instructor to provide guidance in relation to leash entrapment and how to avoid.
  • Careful monitoring of sea state required both prior to and during the activity.

Illness

Instructors & All Participants/ Group Leaders

  • Weils Disease
  • Water pollution.
  • Allergic reactions.
  • Pre existing medical conditions

e.g. Asthma

  • Avoid areas of concern/do not enter the water.
  • Medical conditions requested prior to water use, assess severity and suitability to participate
  • Ensure appropriate medical equipment is carried –

E.g. Inhalers.

Advice on prevention and identification of Weils disease with the necessary steps to seek help must be provided to all participants who paddle on Canals and rivers

Difficulty controlling body temperature (Hyperthermia/ Hypothermia)

Instructors & All Participants/ Group Leaders

  • Submersion hypothermia.
  • Cold water.
  • Cold, wet, windy days.
  • Hot days.
  • Wetsuits/drysuits to be worn in cold condition
  • In very hot conditions participants should be warned about over heating in wetsuits
  • Instructor/Participants to carry drink for hydration
  • Safety equipment to be carried in line with SOP, considering weather conditions on the day.

Becoming trapped

Instructors & All Participants/ Group Leaders

  • Nervous group members.
  • Tired group members.
  • Injured group members.
  • Sea state becoming rougher.
  • 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.

Not being able to paddle where you require

 

Strong winds and currents

Instructors & All Participants/ Group Leaders

  • Head or side winds.
  • Tiredness.
  • Waves or chop
  • At venues with restricted zones for paddling (especially Carsington) the instructor is to make participants and marshals aware of the boundaries, what to do if they get into difficulty and how to signal for help.
  • Ratio of 1instructor to 8 students in very light or no wind (this can be increased to 12 with competent assistance)
  • Ratio of instructor to student will be reduced in medium strength winds or above
  • Changes to instructor to student ratios may affect the number of beginners we can teach in each session.
  • Experienced junior paddlers may be able to paddle in a range of conditions in consultation with the visiting Water Sports Centre’s who have the final say and appropriate on water supervision.
  • In open water the instructor must 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 ASI qualification to ensure participants remain safe.
  • Clear communication system involving signals to be explained and understood by group prior to getting on the water.

N.B. This Risk Assessment in no way negates the need for continual dynamic risk assessment

 

Activity

Assessor

Stand Up Paddle Boarding –Up to Sheltered Water

Mark Price

 

 

Required Instructor Competence

  • Academy of Surfing (ASI) in Level 1 Enclosed Waters SUP Instructor
  • ASI SUP Instructor Water Safety Rescue Award and
  • Emergency First Aid

Ratios

  • 1:8 if solo, increase to 1:15 with assistance
  • Dependent on Group needs

 

Activity

Assessor

Stand Up Paddle Boarding – Open water, winds up to force 4, not more than 1km from a shore.

Mark Price

 

Required Instructor Competence

  • Academy of Surfing (ASI) in Level 2 Exposed Waters SUP Instructor
  • ASI SUP Instructor Water Safety Rescue Award and
  • Emergency First Aid First Aid Certificate

Ratios

  • 1:6
  • In line with ASI recommendations

 

 

 

SALTWALK Information – Stand Up Paddle Boarding

 

Activity

Assessor

Stand Up Paddle Boarding

Mark Price

 

 

Required Instructor Competence

  • Proven level of instructional competence in the activity.
  • Proven experience in the activity and maturity to make sound judgements.
  • Good knowledge of the local area and demonstrable evidence of research and planning
  • First aid certificate.

Access Restrictions

  • It’s essential the instructor takes in to consideration bird and other access restrictions.

Emergency Response

  • Mobile phone reception is limited or non-existent at many SUP locations. In the event of emergency, the immediate situation should be dealt with accordance with your training.
  • The SALTWALK Team will Carry Epirb on long distance paddles and VHF around coastal areas

Local Concerns

  • SALTWALK brings in a reasonable number of cars and people to an all-ready busy area. We must minimize disturbance to the local area.

Egress / Evacuation

  • Access and evacuation should be considered when deciding on a SALTWALK paddle location away from Carsington Water location.

Safety Equipment

  • Greater consideration must be given as to what safety equipment should be carried, or set up on a specific type of water in line with training, especially white water

Tidal / Weather Considerations

  • Favorable conditions which are well within the abilities of the instructor and participants are essential for any stand-up paddle activities and sessions must not proceed if there is deemed to be unmanageable risk.

Ratios

  • It’s essential the guide takes in to consideration bird and other access restrictions.

 

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