Kayak Fishing Consent and Rules.

Tata Game Angling Section                                           

Consent to fish from a kayak – and rules                                                       (FINAL)

General measures for kayak anglers:

  1. The club has agreed to a request from its insurers that all members intending to fish from a kayak signify they have read, understood and will comply with the club’s rules and risk assessments. The risk assessments for kayak fishing are in addition to existing risk assessments that cover bank anglers and boat anglers.

  2. Other than where specifically stated here or in the kayak fishing rules, the club’s boat fishing rules, procedures and expectations in respect of other users of the reservoir apply.

  3. The club has also produced a pre-inspection and prior-consent procedure for those members wishing to fish from a kayak. The risk assessment for kayak fishing contains the details.

  4. The committee will maintain a list of the members who have applied to fish from a kayak, and that the committee/Secretary has allowed, to fish from a kayak. The committee will retain documented evidence that they have received an application and consented to a member fishing from a kayak. This evidence shall be a signed copy of this form (see signature box) and will be recorded in committee minutes. The committee will assign a number to each kayak angler consented.

  5. The committee/Secretary will issue to all members intending to fish from a kayak :

    • This document showing the rules for kayak fishing, including for the control of the spread of the invasive shrimp, and an overview of safety requirement (the risk assessment for kayak fishing provide the detail of these safety requirement).

    • A copy of these rules and the kayak fishing risk assessments will also be displayed in the fishing lodge foyer notice board and on the club’s website.

This leaflet sets out the shrimp control measures and general safety rules for kayaks.

An outline of the safety requirements for those fishing from a kayak:

Below is an outline of our safety requirements, but all kayak anglers must familiarise themselves with, and comply with, the detailed risk assessment for kayak fishing:

  1. Kayak fishing shall be restricted to 1 April – 31 October, and for full adult members only.

  2. Kayak anglers will need to record in the boat booking register that they are fishing from a kayak. They need to carry a mobile ‘phone containing the specified safety contacts.

  3. Fishing is only allowed from purpose designed ‘sit on top’ fishing kayaks. The kayak is provided by the angler – the club does not provide kayaks.

  4. No kayak fishing shall occur when there is ‘white water’ on the reservoir. There are also other weather restriction.

  5. Anglers must wear a suitable wetsuit/dry suit and a personal flotation device at all times to maintain their safety and wellbeing.

  6. To increase visibility to other water users, kayak anglers are to wear a bright coloured jacket/personal flotation device and they must display a brightly coloured flag (A4 size on at least a 1-metre pole).

  7. Only single person kayaks to be used, with one person per kayak.

  8. No waders are to be worn in a kayak.

  9. Kayak anglers should not become immersed in the water other than when launching/retrieving or in an unintended capsize. Unnecessary swimming is forbidden.

Fishing rules:

  1. Boat fishing rules and etiquette apply to kayak fishing. Please become familiar with the full rules for boat fishing as displayed in the fishing lodge and supplied with your season ticket.

  2. Fishing from kayaks can be undertaken at anchor or by drifting.

  3. Kayak anglers must be aware of other anglers and water users and observe the courtesies expected, and respect their sporting and recreational needs.

Rules to control the spread of the invasive shrimp:

  1. Compliance with the shrimp control measures rules will be monitored and the committee can withdraw the consent to fish from a kayak for anybody found to be not observing these controls sufficiently.

  2. Fishing is only allowed from ‘sit on top’ kayaks due to their ease of cleaning and reduced harbourage for the invasive shrimp.

  3. Kayaks are to be launched and retrieved only from the fishing club slipway. Cars are to be parked in designated car parking areas (nearest is in front of the fishing lodge).

  4. Without exception, all kayaks and associated accessories are to be thoroughly cleaned after use in the reservoir to ensure that all shrimp are removed. Club members kayaking are responsible for the supervision of cleansing and inspection of their kayaks and equipment.

 

  • Seats, nets and other detachable accessories are to be removed once the kayak is retrieved onto the slipway. These are to be cleaned and scrubbed in the net dip barrel in the lodge car park, and inspected to ensure that all shrimp are removed.

  • Wetsuits, dry suits, other accessories, and personal flotation devices must be thoroughly cleaned with the manual pressure washer provided, scrubbed, and inspected to ensure that all shrimp are removed. The pressure washer is stored in the lodge foyer and is to be replaced there after use. Washing down is to take place only in the lodge car park area away from the stream.

  • The kayak, together with any other equipment that has been in contact with reservoir water and not dipped in the water barrel, is to be pressure washed before removal from the slipway. Particular care is needed to pressure wash any recesses or areas on the kayak where shrimp could find harbourage. The pressure washer is stored in the lodge foyer and is fitted with a brush to assist cleaning.

  • If a kayak has taken on reservoir water then this is to be drained out on the slipway. The inside of the kayak should then be pressure washed.

  • All equipment is to be thoroughly dried before use on another inland water or estuary. Drying is an effective means of controlling the spread of the invasive shrimp.

 

Consent to fish from a kayak - 2017

Name of applicant

 

Date of application for kayak fishing

 

Date of equipment inspection and pre-registration checks

 

Did they pass the equipment inspection?

Yes/No

  • If no, why did they fail this inspection?

 

 

Did they pass the pre-registration checks?

Yes/No

-             If no, why did they fail the pre-registration checks?

 

 

Committee member undertaking inspection and checks

 

Date that committee member approved the applicant to fish from a kayak

 

Your kayak fishing number is:

 

 

Ticking the box below confirms that I have read, understood and will comply with the rules for kayak fishing. I have sufficient experience and abilities to safely fish from a kayak. I am not aware of any relevant health issues that could reduce my safety or the safety of others when kayak fishing on the reservoir.

 

 

(Tick box)

 

Signed ……………………………………………………… (Member applying)

Signed ……………………………………………………… (Committee member)

 

Please retain this consent with your fishing permit and show it when requested by a Tata Game Angling committee member.

This consent is time limited and expires on 1 November 2017.

The Game Angling Committee reserves the right to refuse/withdraw a consent for kayak fishing.  The Committee also reserves the right to amend any rules and risk assessments that apply to kayak fishing.

This is our first season for kayak fishing on Eglwys Nunydd and is a trial. The committee will review the success of these arrangements before the 2018 season.

 

 

 

Tata Game Angling Committee                                                                                                       April 2017

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The club has also produced a pre-inspection Tata Game Angling Section                                               

Fishing from a kayak – risk assessments (FINAL DOCUMENT 2017)

 

Date                   March 2017

Produced by  Andy Phillips

Review due    November 2017 (on completion of the trial period)                    

 

The club has agreed to a request from its insurers that all members intending to fish from a kayak signify they have read, understood and will comply with these risk assessments. These risk assessments are in addition to existing risk assessments that cover bank anglers and boat anglers.

and prior-consent procedure for those members wishing to fish from a kayak. There are also rules for kayak fishing. A copy of these rules will be provided to each person fishing from a kayak, with a copy of the rules and these risk assessments displayed in the fishing lodge foyer notice board.

Other than where specifically stated here or in the kayak fishing rules, the club’s boat fishing rules, procedures and expectations in respect of other users of the reservoir apply.

 

How have we assessed the risks?

 

Risk Scoring The score for the Likelihood of an event is multiplied by its Impact score, to give a total. After the application of countermeasures, a residual risk score is estimated.

 

Likelihood of risk is scored:

1            Insignificant      = extremely unlikely to occur

2            Very Low           = possible within a 1 to 5 year period

3            Low                     = possible once per annum

4            Medium            = possible once in a six month period

5            High                    = possible within a month

6            Very High          = possible within a week

 

 

 

Impact of risk is scored:

1 Insignificant                 = negligible Injury, or harm to environment etc.

2 Very Low                      = minor Injury, or ill health.

3 Low                                = injury or ill health needing 1st aid, or medical advice. Not of significant concern.

4 Medium                       = injury or ill health - more than 3 days loss of work. Harm to the environment.

5 High                               = severe Injury or ill health, possibly life threatening

6 Very High                     = loss of more than one life

 

 

Total Score after risk reduction measures are taken

Further actions to be taken

1-5

Low

Monitor activity, with

action within a year

The risk is under control and represents no

immediate threat or impact

6-9

 

Action within 6 months

Risk as above

10-15

Medium

Action within 3 months

These risks have the potential to move to red; they need managing and close monitoring, but there is no immediate threat which would have a significant impact.

16-24

 

Action within 1 month

25-29

High

Action within a week

Requires active management.

30-36

 

Immediate action or cease activity

The risk poses an immediate threat and its impact would be significant.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Activity that we are risk assessing – kayak fishing at Eglwys Nunydd reservoir, from arrival at reservoir to departure

 

Risk Description

Impact

Risk score

Primary risk reduction measures

Further risk reduction measures

Residual risk score

 

 

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Kayaks and equipment presented for inspection are not of suitable construction, repair or type to fish from safely on the reservoir.

Kayaker is at increased risk of unintended immersion by falling out with risk of drowning, or from cold water. Kayak is not able to manoeuvre effectively to avoid hazards.

3

5

15

Only season ticket holders over 18 years old can fish and they must provide their own kayak.

A Game Angling Committee member will undertake and document the following pre-checks and assign a pre-registration with the club committee for:

  • ‘Sea-worthiness’ of the kayak used – inspection of condition and suitability.

  • Only purpose designed ‘sit-on-top’ kayaks for a single person to fish from are allowed (no open topped ‘Canadian’ canoes or other kayak types).

  • Suitability of other equipment used with the kayak

  • Confirmation that the angler says they can swim sufficiently

  • Confirmation that the angler says they can recover if they fall out of the kayak

  • Confirmation that the angler says they can anchor safely and effectively (and they have suitable anchor).

 

All kayakers will sign a statement about their kayaking experience and abilities, also declare any relevant health issues, and sign that they have read and will comply with these risk assessments and club rules before they can launch their kayak on the reservoir.

 

The Game Angling Committee reserves the right to refuse/withdraw consent for kayak fishing. 

 

 

5

Not signing in at the fishing lodge means nobody else is aware that there is a kayak angler on the reservoir (and not signing out to show that they have left safely).

No indication in lodge records that a member is fishing from a kayak and could be at risk of injury or drowning.

 

Contact procedures established for safe kayaking using mobile ‘phone not operable with risk that kayak angler can’t call for assistance when a hazard threatens them.

3

5

15

All kayak anglers to:

  • Sign in at fishing lodge including writing name and kayak angling in boat diary book.

  • Use the contact procedures established for safe kayaking by taking their mobile ‘phone out with them (in a waterproof case) while fishing from their kayak.

  • No fishing at night from kayaks (boat fishing restrictions apply).

 

Contact to use if a safety problem happens will be with Andy Phillips 07810 832423, or Stephen Gale 07791 429672, or Tata (24 hour security) on 01639 871111. Kayak anglers to pre-load these numbers in their mobile ‘phone.

 

5

Poor manual handling of kayak or equipment while unloading/loading.

Manual handling injuries such as back or limb strains, twists or impacts.

3

2

6

Manual handling lifting techniques used.

 

Kayaks moved more than short distance by use of a kayak trolley.

 

4

Moving from unloading and set up in lodge car park to slipway for launch, and return.

Contact with moving motor vehicle in car park with resulting injury.

 

2

4

8

Kayak anglers to use the (stream) end of the car park for unloading and set up.

 

 

 

 

 

 

4

 

Kayak angler in contact with moving motor vehicle when trolleying kayak to slipway.

3

4

12

Wear fluorescent personal flotation device or other bright and visible kayak gear. Always trolley kayak on outside of road bend with awareness of road users. Cross road only when opposite the slipway.  

 

A 20 MPH speed restriction applies on all roads around the reservoir.

Club will site a road sign on the bend before the slipway to make road users aware of possible kayak anglers on road. 

8

Physical injury while undertaking kayaking and afloat

Injuries such as back or limb strains, twists or impacts during paddling and fishing.

2

2

4

Kayak anglers to treat kayak fishing as a physical activity and take normal precautions and not undertake this activity if not physically able or not suitably experienced.

 

Undertake usual post exercise warm-up routines to help avoid muscle injuries.

 

2

Cuts and fish hook injuries.

2

2

4

Advised to wear eye protection.

To retain a first aid kit on the kayak.

Advised to use barbless hooks and retain a suitable unhooking tool.

 

2

Kayak angler is inadequately prepared for immersion, and risks drowning.

Falls out of the kayak and drowns.

 

Kayak angler unable to get back into the kayak and remains in the water.

 

Kayak angler separated from their kayak while afloat

 

Kayak anchored incorrectly leads to angler falling out.

4

5

20

It is compulsory for all kayak anglers to always wear a suitable (50 Newton or more) personal flotation device.

All kayak anglers to use either a wetsuit, dry suit or kayak paddle pants, and suitable foot protection.

 

No kayak anglers are to wear waders while afloat in a kayak.

 

 

 

Kayaks shall only be anchored from either the bow or stern, and deployed and retrieved using a purpose designed anchor trolley.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10

Immersion leads to entanglement in pondweed and risk of drowning. 

1

5

5

Kayak anglers are not permitted to intentionally immerse themselves in the reservoir.

Advice to avoid close contact with weed beds. 

 

Kayakers not allowed to use reed beds to anchor their kayaks whilst fishing.  

5

Immersion leads to ingestion of reservoir water including blue-green algae.

2

2

4

Kayak anglers are not permitted to intentionally immerse themselves in the reservoir.

Kayak anglers to avoid areas of water discoloured by algae.

 

2

 

Contact with water that contains rat urine risks contraction of Weil’s disease with potentially severe or fatal consequences.

1

5

5

Kayak anglers are not permitted to intentionally immerse themselves in the reservoir.

Careful hand hygiene particularly when eating and drinking, avoid unnecessary contact with mouth. Awareness of Weil’s disease (flu-like) symptoms.

 

5

Kayak angler is inadequately prepared for kayak fishing activity, and risks hypothermia.

Suffers hypothermia without immersion in the reservoir.

 

Suffers hypothermia after immersion in the reservoir.

3

5

15

Kayak fishing restricted to April – October (or shorter as the Committee stipulate).

 

All kayak anglers to use either a wetsuit, dry suit or kayak paddle pants, and suitable foot protection.

 

5

Kayak angler is not sufficiently visible to other reservoir users, risking collision and injury.

Powered craft collides with a kayak with potential for severe injury or death.

 

 

1

5

5

Kayak angler are to seek where possible to avoid areas of the reservoir where powered craft are operating.

 

All kayak anglers are to display a brightly coloured flag (A4) size on 1 metre or more length pole.

 

5

Sail or other non-powered craft collides with a kayak with potential for injury, but likely not to be severe or result in death.

2

4

8

Boat fishing rules, such as for avoiding race lines apply to kayak fishing.

 

All kayak anglers are to display a brightly coloured flag (A4) size on 1 metre or more length pole.

 

4

Weather conditions pose a risk to the safety of the kayak angler.

Rough water poses risk of capsize, immersion and drowning. Also risk of being pushed into reservoir banks and infrastructure with impact injury.

 

Strong wind affects ability to manoeuvre kayak or paddle to safer water.  Risk of capsize, immersion and possibly injury and death.

3

5

15

No kayaks are allowed out on the reservoir when there is rough water (‘Rough water’ is defined as ‘white caps’ frequently occurring when the wind reaches Beaufort scale force 5 which is equivalent to an average wind speed of 20 MPH).

 

If these conditions develop once on the water, kayak anglers are to return to the slipway, or travel upwind and beach on a suitably shallow sloping and safe gravel or earth bank.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

10

 

Lightening overhead risks strike with potentially severe or fatal consequences.

1

5

5

Kayak anglers are, without delay, to return to the slipway or travel upwind and beach on a suitably shallow sloping and safe gravel or earth bank (whichever can be reached most quickly).

 

5

Excessive heat causes dehydration or sunburn. 

3

3

9

Kayak anglers are to wear appropriate hot weather clothing (but at least a short wetsuit/long john), wide brim hat and sunglasses. To take adequate drinking water (not to drink reservoir water) and wear sunscreen as needed.

 

Kayak anglers are not permitted to intentionally immerse then self in the reservoir (for example to ‘cool off’).

 

3

Kayak angler strays into no-fishing zones designated by TATA as hazardous due to infrastructure or proximity of electricity cables. 

Death or serious injury from electrocution.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

5

5

High tension cables are beyond casting height and there are clearly demarcated ‘no fishing’ areas show as maps in members permits and in the fishing lodge.

 

 

 

5

Slight to severe injury from contact with infrastructure such as gauging towers, inflow and outflow infrastructure.

2

3

6

Kayak anglers to keep at least 10 metres from gauging towers, inflow and outflow infrastructure (there is very little risk from moving water here).

 

3

Act of violence from other reservoir users.

Trauma injury from aggressive actions, being hit by person, equipment or projectile.

1

3

3

Angler’s etiquette rules and respect for other reservoir users.

Move away (out of range) of aggressor.

 

3

Aggressive threat from wildlife on the reservoir

Attack on kayak fisherman from aggressive insects, birds or mammals. 

1

2

2

Paddle away from threat. Avoidance of nesting birds. Not interfering with wildlife.

 

Kayakers not allowed to use reed beds to anchor their kayaks whilst fishing.

 

2

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