Rules and Procedures

Revised June 2019

1. Definitions

The Creek:
This is the area of water up to the two headlands. The end of the Creek is marked by a white buoy and a notices on the left bank.
The Main Body:
This is the area of water in the remainder of the reservoir on which canoeing may take place.

2. Safety Rules

2.1 – General

Anglian Water Services Ltd. Water Park Bye Laws 2014 apply.

All Club members and persons under the direct control of the Club will :-

  • Wear appropriate clothing for the conditions; 
  • Wear a properly fitting buoyancy aid (or lifejacket)
  • Carry a whistle
2.2 – The Creek Area Only

Paddling should normally take place when Anglian Watersports Centre is open, unless the group is under the guidance of an MBL who has signed out with the Warden.

No one may paddle in the first hour after sunrise or the last hour before sunset, unless special permission has been obtained.

Club Members over 18 who hold BCU 2 star paddling qualification (or equivalent) may paddle solo in the Creek when the Anglian Watersports Centre is open. They must sign on and off the water with Reception in the Centre. They may be asked to produce an RCC Membership card and/or a 2 star certificate.

Club Members who do not hold a BCU 2 Star qualification (or equivalent) may only paddle in the creek under the supervision of a Creek Leader or Main Body Leader. This means that a family cannot come and paddle in the creek on their own unless one of them is a CL or MBL ????

2.3 – The Main Body:

Paddling should normally take place when Rutland Watersports is open.

If Rutland Watersports is closed the Main Body Leader (MBL) must log on and off the Main Body by liaising with the Duty warden, via his/her mobile.

If Rutland Watersports is open the Main Body Leader must use a Trip Log to advise the number of vessels and number of people going on to the Main Body. The MBL must also advise when the vessels are off the water.

A minimum of three vessels is required for paddling on the Main Body.

Members may not paddle on the Main Body unless they are accompanied by a Main Body Leader.

A Main Body Leader must be over the age of eighteen, hold a British Canoeing 3 Star Qualification (or equivalent), hold a current FSRT and hold a current First Aid qualification recognised by British Canoeing. The person must be approved to lead on the Main Body by the Club Committee.

Groups going onto the Main Body must always carry the following equipment:

  • Split Paddles,
  • Tow Line,
  • First Aid Kit,
  • Mobile Phone or VHF radio.

In addition from November 1st to March 31st the following must also be carried:

  • Bivi Bag,
  • Hot Drink
2.4 – Other:

Members going onto the Main Body must only launch from The Creek unless they have prior agreement from Anglian Water to launch at any other point on the reservoir.

Members using Club equipment are responsible for its safe return and for reporting any defects. They must also ensure that the equipment is returned to its proper place and that it is adequately secured and locked up.

Club members must report any incidents that had, or could have had, an impact on the safety of members or visitors to the Club Safety Officer as soon as possible.

Members storing their equipment at the Club do so at their own risk. The Club takes no responsibility for loss or damage.

3. Emergency Procedures

3.1 Rutland Water

All Club Main Body Leaders have been trained in First Aid and basic incident management; they will be your first line of assistance.
If there is an incident that you are unable to sort out yourself, seek help immediately. If incident is obviously severe (e.g. heart attack, drowning, severe hypothermia, multiple casualties) call Rutland Watersports (01780-460154 or VHF radio channel P4 or M2), who will launch a boat and call the emergency services.
If the centre is closed and you need more help, call the emergency services (999 or 112) and move casualty to the nearest shore. If possible have in mind access by the emergency services in selecting which shore.
If there is any problem with communications make for nearest shore and raise alarm.
Once the incident is sorted out, record details in the Club Logbook while details are fresh in your mind.
Inform the Safety Officer as soon as possible.

3.2 Away from Rutland

Sort out incident using resources of the group if possible. If outside assistance is needed, do not hesitate, seek emergency help using any appropriate means e.g.:

  • Telephone
  • VHF Radio Ch16
  • Flares
  • Signal mirror etc.
3.3 General

Remember, if in any doubt about your ability to resolve the situation within the group, do not hesitate, seek urgent assistance.

4. Operating Procedures

4.1 Sunday Club Sessions
  • Members must observe any instructions from the person in charge.
  • Paddlers during Club sessions must book on and off the water using the T-Card rack showing to which group they belong. (Suspended during trial period.)
  • Paddlers must initial the Trip Log Sheet to confirm that they are in compliance with Biosecurity requirements.
  • The Main Body or Creek Leader is responsible for their group and must ensure that the Trip Log Sheet shows accurately who is in the group.
  • Members must advise the paddle leader of any medical or other condition which may be relevant to the safety and enjoyment of the activity.
  • Members have a responsibility to point out any unsafe practices to the Creek or Main Body Leader and to the Safety Officer.
4.2 Club Trips away from Rutland Water

The leader of any RCC trip organised away from Rutland Water must complete a record of all attendees on the day to be lodged in the Club Logbook on their return.

Members must comply with the instructions of the Paddle Leader.

Members will be responsible for:

  • Ensuring that they are appropriately dressed and equipped.
  • Wearing a buoyancy aid or lifejacket at all times when on the water.
  • Advising the paddle leader of any medical or other condition which may be relevant to the safety and enjoyment of the trip.

The Paddle Leader will be responsible for:

  • Checking the access situation with the LAO (Local Access Officer)
  • Advising the coastguard if necessary
  • Ensuring that members have the necessary skill to cope with the conditions.
  • Ensuring that helmets are worn when necessary (it is Club Policy that all junior paddlers should wear helmets on Grade II+ moving water).
  • Ensuring that party is adequately equipped for the prevailing conditions.
  • Ensure that they have guardian’s permission for those under 18 years old.
4.3 Visitors Log
  • All paddling visitors to the Club must sign on the water with Rutland Watersports and pay the fee. They must also complete the Club Logbook before going on the water and this must be countersigned by the sponsoring member.
  • A visitor is deemed to be someone who attends for a maximum of three sessions in any one subscription year. Anyone who wishes or intends to paddle on more than three occasions must pay the appropriate subscription to the Club thus becoming a club member.
4.4 Access to Club Hut
  • Members who wish to use Club equipment outside the normal Club times may apply to any committee member for the padlock combination – the combination number must not be given to any other person even if that person is a club member.
  • Equipment must not be removed from Rutland Water without the prior consent of the Equipment Officer or another committee member. A fee may be charged for use of club equipment off Rutland Water at the sole discretion of the General Committee. Any equipment loans must be recorded in the Club’s Equipment Loan Book.