It is the duty of Kintbury Fishing Club to familiarise its members, officials and all visiting anglers with the principals of safety and risk assessment. All members, officials and visiting anglers should make themselves aware of the risks they face in the surroundings they find themselves and carry out their own risk assessment which generally amounts to common sense and take the appropriate action to ensure their own safety and that of others. However, it is a requirement that all anglers read, understand and accept this Safety & Risk Assessment Statement.
General Risks Associated With Angling
Only use obvious paths along the bank. Always beware of cyclists and walkers. Do not place anything on the path which may cause a trip hazard.
Beware of undercuts in banks especially near deep water.
Take particular care when wading in deep or fast water and on rocky bottoms. Use a wading staff and wading belt at all times.
Beware of fishing under power lines and remember electricity can arc over a considerable distance. You are ideally earthed in water to conduct electricity. Remember that graphite is an excellent conductor of electricity.
Again you are ideally earthed when in water and if using a graphite rod, you have a good lightning conductor. If you are on a boat you and your rod may well be the highest point around and a prime target for a strike.
Always show consideration to other users on a canal/river bank by avoiding contacting anyone with your back-cast. If you are on a boat take extra care if you have other occupants, as you can easily contact them whilst casting. It is recommended that protective glasses are worn when fishing to protect your eyes from hooks and flies.
Hooks by their design are sharp and easily penetrate the skin. Their use brings them into contact with germs etc, that can be injurious to health. Caution should be used when handling hooks, tying on or removing hooks. Rusty hooks should be avoided at all times.
Weighted flies cause unpredictable movement of cast when casting. Extreme caution should be exercised.
When casting weighted flies do ensure they do not come in contact with you, your fellow anglers or the public.
Fishing under trees can be unsafe in windy conditions. beware of falling branches.
Do note that bulls can be troublesome! As can cows with calves. Approach the canal or stream with caution.
This is transmitted in rat’s urine. Never put wet lines in your mouth or any other items of tackle that has been in the water. wear waterproof plaster on any cuts or abrasions. There may also be a risk in some waters from treated sewage effluent.
Beware other boats can approach you from all angles and may be unpredictable in their direction, when “on the motor” you should always give way to those drifting under sail.
Falling in the water
Falling in the water may cause drowning. It is recommended that a buoyancy aid is worn at all times when on, in or near water.
The weather may change suddenly and cause unforeseen dangerous waterconditions. Be constantly aware of changing weather and its consequences.