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Hampton Molesey #2 Risk Assessment

DESCRIPTION OF ROUTE AND RISK ASSESSMENT

We will have sole use of Island Barn Reservoir for this paddle. The route involves two circuits of the reservoir.

Main Launch, Exit and Emergency Evacuation Point

There is one entry point to the Reservoir via a slipway. We ask all paddlers to take care at this entry point as it can be slippery at times. A member of our crew will be there to help entry and exit.

The launch point is a short walk and climb away from the carpark.

Hazards

  1. The launch point is a slipway that can become slippery. Care must be taken when launching. We ask paddlers to give themselves plenty of time to enter the water before the paddle starts.
  2. The route follows the edge of the reservoir by about 10 feet or 3 meters from the edge.
  1. There are also buoys to the left of the entry slipway and around the reservoir. Stay clear of these to reduce the risk of entanglement.
  2. There is a water outlet on the Eastern side of the reservoir. When water is being removed from the lake this can create negative buoyancy which is extremely dangerous. Paddler must stay away from this outlet. It will be pointed out during the briefing and clearly marked.

The Start

The start of the AquaPaddle will be clearly marked by the Captain on the water and Time Lord on the bank. The Time Lord will call the AquaPaddlers forward, once everyone has arrived and start the event. The AquaPaddle heads anticlockwise around the lake.

The Finish

Once you finish, please keep clear of the finish line. If you want to stay to cheer on the other AquaPaddlers there is a path around the lake with good views of the route.

Hazards

Tiredness: Don’t rush and take your time to recover. When exiting the lake, give yourself time!

All Risks

RISK ASSESSMENT: AquaPaddle – Hampton Molesey #2

DATE CARRIED OUT:  29/10/2023 ASSESSMENT CARRIED OUT BY: Brett Scillitoe

HAZARD WHO MIGHT BE HARMED? HOW MAY THE RISK BE  ADEQUATELY  CONTROLLED?WHAT FURTHER ACTION MAY BE REQUIRED? Review comments / review date 
DROWNING Paddlers & Others Wearing of buoyancy aid  Instruction in capsize procedures Relevant supervision for novices  Advised to keep away from waters edge Buoyancy aids tested annually  Induction sessions for beginners and new members  Instructors to ensure buoyancy aid correctly fitted.  Regular checks on hire equipment during the season. 29/09/2024
HYPOTHERMIA / HYPERTHERMIA Paddlers Advised on the correct clothing to wear.  Adjustment to clothing as required Continuous dynamic risk assessment. 29/09/2024
SLIPS TRIPS AND FALLS  Paddlers, Parents, Coaches & others Regular observation of the slipway and lakeside paths, recommendation of footwearEnsure appropriate footwear is worn  29/09/2024
SPRAINS, STRAINS  AND SOFT TISSUE  INJURIES Paddlers, Parents Coaches & others Trained to lift correctly  Ask for help  Encouraged to paddle correctly Ongoing training and regular checks of procedures  Appropriate checks on lifting crafts29/09/2024
POLLUTION AND WATER QUALITY PaddlersAdvised to wash soon after immersion Made aware of flotsam Risks higher in spate conditions. Avoid intentional capsizes in poor conditions 29/09/2024
OTHER WATER USERS Paddlers and other usersPaddlers instructed to be aware of other water users and how to take appropriate/avoiding action. Informed as to possible other water users and location 29/09/2024
EXHAUSTION/FATIGUEPaddlers and water safety teamAdvise paddlers to bring a drink and have eaten appropriately prior to paddlingWater safety team will assist and help them ashore.29/09/2024
CAPSIZED CRAFTPaddlersInformation to be collected on entry of ability. Ask paddlers to look after each other on the water.Water safety to assist capsized paddlers.29/09/2024
WEATHER/WIND  Paddlers & Safety TeamWeather reports checked the day before and on the morning. Advise paddlers to exit the water should adverse weather conditions approach.Continuous dynamic risk assessment  29/09/2024
Wild Animals Eg: SwansPaddlersAdvise paddlers to maintain distance from all wildlife, especially Swans with their signets.If a nesting family is close to the start/finish, the paddle will be moved to a different location to protect the animals.29/09/2024
EnvironmentEveryone Advise everyone to stay on the paths and to prevent minimal damage to the flora and fauna.Continuous dynamic risk assessment29/09/2024