Rules and Procedures (revised December 2016)
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 may only take place when Anglian Watersports Centre is open and no one may paddle in the first hour after sunrise or the last hour before sunset, unless special permission has ben obtained.
Club Members over 18 who hold BCU 2 star paddling qualification 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 may only paddle in the creek under the supervision of a Creek Leader or MBL. 2 star paddlers do not need to be supervised by a Creek Leader or MBL but must sign on and off the water with Watersports Reception.
A Creek Leader must hold a British Canoeing 2* qualification, an approved Safety and Rescue qualification (FSRT) and hold a current First Aid qualification. They must also have been approved by the Committee.
2.3 - The Main Body
Paddling should normally take place when Rutland Watersports is open. If it is intended to paddle at other times, Rutland Watersports (01780-460154) should be advised in advance for groups only.
A minimum of three vessels is required for paddling on the Main Body – paddling with fewer craft is not allowed.
If Rutland Watersports is open it must be advised by the Main Body Leader of the number of vessels and number of people going on to the Main Body. They must also be advised when the vessels are off the water.
If Rutland Watersports is closed the Main Body Leader must log on and off the Main Body by liaising with the Duty warden on 07885-484113.
Members may not paddle on the Main Body unless they are accompanied by a person who has been approved to lead on the Main Body. The Main Body Leaders will sign directly in and out at Rutland Watersports using their RCC Photo ID card.
To lead on the Main Body the person must be over the age of eighteen, hold a British Canoeing 3 Star Qualification, 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. The Committee may require proof of qualifications.
Groups going onto the Main Body must always carry the following equipment:
First Aid Kit.
Mobile Phone or VHF radio.
In addition from November 1st to March 31st the following must also be carried:
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 the relevant locks are in place.
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), 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.:
VHF Radio Ch16.
Signal mirror etc.
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.
Paddlers must also initial the booking on sheet to confirm that they are in compliance with Biosecurity requirements.
The Main Body Leader is totally responsible for the group and must ensure that the T-Card rack shows accurately who is in the group.
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.
For wearing a buoyancy aid or lifejacket at all times when on the water.
For 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 condition.
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 condition.
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.
Under current British Canoeing rules 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 member of the Club.
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 Committee reserves the right to decline an application.
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.