This page details site specific safety considerations which are in addition to the Cygnet Safety Plan but are still covered by the Risk Assessment. It is predominantly for the purposes of Sculling Camp but applies generally to anyone boating from Cygnets bungalow.
LOOK OUT – every 3 to 5 strokes
There are many more pleasure craft on this stretch and the river is generally narrower than the Tideway. There are also rowers from four other clubs, canoeists, sailors, fishermen, ferries, water fowl, weirs and bridges so keeping a good lookout is still extremely important even if steering off the bank is easier.
Avoid wearing bulky items that make it hard to swim should you fall in. Scullers should wear normal rowing kit. It is possible that novice scullers may experience multiple capsizes during the weekend. Do not go afloat in your last dry set of clothes, always save something to change into.
Swimming is not recommended, particularly if it is cold or if there is a strong stream running. There is also a small risk from water–borne disease
Guests are welcome to use the two dinghies at the Bungalow. It is recommended that all dinghy users wear a PFD (Life Jacket or Buoyancy Aid) and children should not go afloat without one. PFDs are provided, included smaller ones for children.
• Always step into and out of the middle of the dinghy
• Oars should never be left in a dinghy, particularly when the boat is tied-up elsewhere.
• When loaded, the dinghies should have enough freeboard to pass through motor boat wash without taking–on water. Do not overload the boat, make extra trips instead
• Use of the dinghy at night is not recommended. If absolutely essential then carry a white light visible all round, a mobile phone and keep an extra good look out (and listen out)
Maximum load, 5 people
'Peter Sly' CYG305
Maximum load, 5 people
On or off the water call 999 and ask for the appropriate emergency service. The address is 38 Hamhaugh Island, Shepperton TW17 9LP
Note: There is no lifeboat on this stretch of the river but it may be possible to summon assistance from the shore. If going to someone’s assistance, only do so if it is possible without also endangering youself. Do not make the situation worse with heroics