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Enjoying the Water Safely

Below you will find some useful links to information to help you to enjoy the water and keep yourself and others safe.

Jetskis

Please keep to the 6 knot speed limit inside harbour limits, wear appropriate buoyancy aids or life jackets and a kill cord to stop runaway boats in the event that you fall off.  Information from the RYA can be found at this link

Personal Water Craft (PWC) eg kayaks, canoes and stand up paddleboards)

Please note the following advice and recommendations to help keep you safe while out on the river.

  • Wear a personal floatation device (buoyancy aid/life jacket)
  • Go afloat with others and not on your own
  • Take a means of calling for help (mobile phone, VHF)
  • Check the weather forecast and tide times before you go afloat
  • Take care when the tide is flowing quickly – it can catch you out!
  • Tell someone ashore when you’re going afloat and when you expect to be off the water
  • Carry a light or torch if on the water at night and consider wearing high visibility clothing
  • Label your equipment with contact details in case you lose it (stickers available for free from HM Coastguard)
  • Give vessels with limited manoeuvrability a wide berth (eg Higher and Lower Ferries)
  • Avoid high traffic areas such as passenger ferry landing points and pontoons

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