Guidelines, Rules, Regulations & Frequently asked Questions

Your safety is paramount to us. Please read our Health and Safety advice along with our other guidance. These are for your safety and the enjoyment of your trip. Please do not hesitate to ask any questions relating to your canoes, other equipment and the River Wye.

1. If you or any of your party have any health issues such as asthma, diabetes or heart disease this should be discussed first and us made aware of these conditions. In certain circumstances we may discourage you from taking part in the event. Anyone with a history of epilepsy should not participate in this activity.

2. If you are, or think you might be pregnant, you should not take part in this activity. We will not allow any one to participate when we are, or become, aware of such condition.

3. Maximum weight per canoe is 40 stone (255 kg). i e 2 Adults + 2 Children or 3 Adults + 1 Child.

4. Children under the age of 4 years are not allowed to participate.

4a. There are safety limitations when considering the ratio of children to adults in a canoe. The canoes we use are 17ft 4ins long, weigh about 85 lbs and can carry about 40 stone. The majority are fitted with 3 moulded seats of which the middle one can accommodate two small children sitting side by side. We use the following guidelines to determine how many children can be in a canoe.

As a general rule each child under 14 should be supervised 1:1. Children 15 and above could be supervised 1:2 in some situations, such as both being competent swimmers.

When there are 2 adults and 2 children in a canoe the upper age limit is 10, above that we find a greater risk of capsize. Typically the children can sit side by side in the middle seat to improve stability.

Where there is 1 adult and 3 children there must be an older teenager (15-17) who can look after themselves independently and also take responsibility for one of the other children.

The test we ask parents to apply is “would you be happy leaving one child to fend for themselves if the canoe capsizes?

5. Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

6. Minimum age to hire is 18.

7. No fishing is allowed unless you have the appropriate permit to fish on the stretch of the river your journey takes you on and you are required to carry, and produce on request, a National rod license. Under no circumstances is anyone allowed to trawl or fish from a canoe; all fishing is to be done from the river bank.

8. Please arrive 15-20 minutes before your allocated launch/transport time, allowing time to be kitted out with buoyancy aids, fill out the hire agreement and receive your health and safety briefing. If you are late, unfortunately we may have to leave without you, meaning your trip may have to be cancelled or re-scheduled.

9. Buoyancy Aids must be worn at all times whilst you are canoeing.

10. Please when leaving the river take all your belongings, buoyancy aids and paddles as these are your responsibility and you will be charged for in full if lost or stolen.

11You should be able to swim at least 25 metres. Where there are non swimmers in a canoe the ratio of swimmer to non swimmer has to be at least 1:1. The river bank is never far away. Everybody is issued with a buoyancy aid and it must be worn at all times that you are in the canoe.

Additional Guidance

Dogs

Dogs are welcome. However under no circumstances are they to be leashed in the canoe.

River Safety Cover

Please note that there is no safety cover on the river. But we are contactable at all times to effect or organize a rescue.
Contact Mark or Richard on Land lines: 01600 890 470/890883 Marks mobile: 07435 970329 or Richard 07747 451348.

Mobile Phone Coverage

Please be aware that mobile phone coverage on the river is minimal for a lot of the major networks. Hot spots are Kerne Bridge,
Lower Lydbrook  Symonds Yat Rock.

ALCOHOL

We operate a ZERO tolerance rule, NO Alcohol to be taken with you on your trip.

Alcohol is probably the most contentious issue on the river. Under no circumstances can alcohol be consumed on the river while in a canoe. We ask people to consider other people and recognize that behavior influenced by alcohol often causes distress to others and on occasion may be an offence. In any case a person in charge of a vessel who is under the influence of alcohol on the river commits an offence. Most people behave responsibly on the river. It is worth remembering that although you are enjoying yourself in a magnificent setting, alcohol and water do not mix. You do not want to turn your trip into something tragic.

 

What To Wear And Spare Equipment

Clothing to suit the weather conditions ie loose clothing.
FOOTWEAR: DO NOT WEAR ANY KIND OF BOOTS OR FLIP FLOPS.
SUITABLE TYPES OF FOOTWEAR ARE, TRAINERS, AQUA BOOTS OR FULL SANDALS
Please be aware when the sun is out it will reflect off the water making it very hot , so please dress   accordingly to minimize risk of heat stroke and sunburn. Also weather conditions can change very quickly on your journey. Bring a change of clothes just in case.

Do Bring

A drink, chocolate bar, snack or picnic. Especially if you are not planning to stop off at a pub en-route. Suitable sunscreen is also recommended.

Do Not Bring

Expensive jewelery, watches, cameras, video cameras etc if not waterproof. We cannot be held responsible for any loss or damage to any of your effects.

Rubbish

As per the countryside code please protect the countryside and wildlife by not leaving rubbish on the river banks or by dropping it in the river. Bring it back with you and we will dispose of it for you.