Open water swimming presents serious risks if a swimmer(s) gets into difficulty.
THIS CANNOT BE UNDERESTIMATED!
Could you carry out a rescue by dragging a person 500 meters to shore, ring for help and then carry out CPR?
All club organised open water swims will be run by Aoife Hamilton and should always have both an open water lifeguard and the coach present in the water to aid swimmers in the event of an unforeseen situation.
The following locations have being risk assessed by the club and are suitable for open water swimming sessions:
- Bertra Beach - Between the LifeGuard flags.
- Quay bay in front of the towers, entry and exit from the ramp at the bottom of the boat park.
- Ayle Lake - Entry and exit point from the slipway.
New locations can be added to this list but they must be risk assessed and passed by the executive committee in advance.
The follow guidelines should be adhered to by all club members for their safety and the safety of those who might be rescuing them:
- Each member must have a flotation buoy attached before entering the water.
- Swimmers of similar ability should swim together as buddies that do not separate from each other while in the water. Never allow anyone to swim alone.
- A head count should be done on entering and exiting the water.
- Swimmers must start based on ability, slow off first, fast off last.
- Only club members can take part in a club open water training session. There are no club try-outs for open water swimming with the club.
- Don’t swim just after eating.
- Don't swim inside of shipping lanes, you may impede a rescue.
- Make sure you know where you are going to exit the water.
- If you leave a session, your buddy must exit the water with you
Impromptu training sessions can not be organised through the club WhatsApp groups. If you want to organise an impromptu swim session then you, the session organiser are responsible for the safety of everyone at that session. You should ensure that 9 guidelines above are adhered too.