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