CANOE THE WYE SAFETY BRIEF
BUOYANCY AIDS TO BE WORN AT ALL TIMES WHEN ON THE RIVER!
NO ALCOHOL TO BE CONSUMED ON BOATS
WHAT TO DO IF YOU CAPSIZE
Take care of people first, make sure everyone in your canoe is in a position of safety.
Hang onto the paddle as they can be useful for reaching out to others.
Move your canoe to shallow water using the rope at either end.
Roll the water out of the canoe rather than trying to lift the canoe out.
HOW TO AVOID CAPSIZE
Stay in the middle of the river, away from trees and overhanging branches on the banks.
Try to avoid getting sideways on to anything in the river.
Avoid leaning to either side if you need to duck under branches.
STEERING AND PADDLING
Prior to your trip you will be shown by a member of staff how to steer left and right.
Hold the paddle with one hand on the T-grip and the other hand on the shaft.
The person at the back of the canoe is typically in charge of steering.
To slow a canoe down everyone paddles backwards.
In a 3 person boat avoid paddling all on the same side.
Choose a centre opening with the least obstruction and smoothest flow of water.
Do not pass between a bridge support and the river bank.
Avoid debris and branches that may have accumulated against bridge supports.
Avoid getting sideways on to the bridge supports.
ISLANDS AND CHOICE OF ROUTE
Prior to your trip you will be briefed by a member of staff on the section of river you will be canoeing, detailing islands and choice of route.
Lower Lydbrook – Left is wide and shallow – Right is thinner and faster.
STOPPING OFF EN ROUTE
Only stop at permitted designated areas. Please do not trespass on private land.
When getting in and out of the boat, stabilise the canoe for each other.
Take all paddles, buoyancy aids and barrels with you, if leaving the canoe unattended.
Pull the boat completely out of the water (to avoid it drifting off).
Please respect the countryside and clean up any rubbish after your visit.
Avoid getting between swans and their nests. Paddle away from aggressive swans.
Avoid fishing lines when safe to do so. Or ask them to bring their line in politely.
Pull your canoe up onto the grassy area next to our trailers, please do not leave them on the river beach unattended.
Please ensure rubbish is removed from your canoe and put in the bin at the canoe centre.
Please check your paddles, barrels and buoyancy aids back in at the office.