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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.


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

Paddle Craft – 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