River Conditions – be aware!
Guidance Notes for members of the TVSC on use of club boats in varying stream and weather conditions.
We want to ensure our members are able to enjoy use of the river whenever possible but safety of our members, other river users and our equipment is import! ant to us. It is not possible for officers and committee members to always be on hand to make decisions on whether conditions are safe for skiffing and consequently we ask all members to consider and observe the guidance notes below when deciding whether to use club boats on the river. In addition there is some further guidance provided on navigation and best practices to help avoid incidents on the river.
Guidance on navigation and best practices to help avoid incidents on the river.
If there is any chance an EA warning may be posted then check this and observe the clubs guidance to members on use of club boats in varying stream and weather conditions.
To boat or not to boat?
The Environment Agency provide information on their website http://riverconditions.environment-agency.gov.uk/ informing river users of conditions that may make navigation difficult and dangerous. There are two levels of warning “Caution Stream Increasing / decreasing” (amber board) and “Caution Strong Stream” (red board) and the current status is regularly updated on the website for each lock to lock section of the river. The TVSC is located between Shepperton and ! Sunbury locks.
When amber board warnings apply:
Beyond these two restricting factors, please consider the following:
When red board warnings apply:
Beyond these five restricting factors, please consider the following:
When it is foggy
IF IN DOUBT, DON’T GO OUT, THAT WAY THERE’S ALWAYS ANOTHER DAY.