BOATERS (SUPs, DINGHIES, CANOES & KAYAKS)

 

CODE OF CONDUCT

  • Parking around the Avon is very restricted;  park legally and do not park along the Tidal Road (for obvious reasons!)
  • Respect the environment and those living nearby.
  • Virtually all the land around the estuary is privately owned.  Don’t assume you have a right to land or picnic wherever you please.
  • Limit noise and do not litter.
  • Wear a suitable buoyancy aid.
  • Do not OVERLOAD your vessel!
  • Tell someone where you are going and when you will be back.
  • Check the weather forecast and tide times.
  • Do not underestimate the forces of nature; know your limits.  The wind and tidal flow in the estuary can be very strong.  Paddle into the elements first, to make the trip home easier.
  • BEWARE of dangerous currents, variations in water depth and rip tides – especially where the estuary meets the sea.
  • On SUPs, always wear the leash so you don’t lose the board.
  • Powerful motor boats should always use a ‘kill cord’ to cut off the engine in the event of the driver losing control.
  • Always carry a signalling or communication device. A whistle is a simple and effective device, or a waterproof and fully charged VHF radio or mobile phone, or flares.  If you get into difficulty, stay with your kit as it will keep you afloat and make you easier to find.  If help is essential, call the Coastguard on 999.
  • Give other craft plenty of space for manoeuvre.
  • Watch out for swimmers; they may be very difficult to see!
  • Keep clear of the water ski zone which is marked by buoys.  Travel as close to the banks as possible.  BEWARE!  Water skiers may operate 1.5 hours either side of high water.
  • Observe the 8 knot speed limit.
  • Please respect the staff operating the Avon Patrol.   They are there to help.  Follow their advice for your own safety and that of others.
  • Keep well clear of all moorings.
  • Although not advised, if paddling at night or in restricted visibility, ensure you have an all-round white light visible.
  • Consider taking out Personal Liability insurance to cover yourself in the event of an accident involving other people or their property.
  • Remember: alcohol and boats are a dangerous mixture!
  • NOTE – Fishing is forbidden by law from vessels of any kind in the estuary

 

The Aune Conservation Association – November 2020