Safety on the river
Helpful information to keep you safe on the river
Safety on the
The River Severn is a great place to take to the water whether it’s your first time or you are a regular boater, but before setting out remember and keep in mind these health and safety tips;
- All passengers must wear a buoyancy aid or life-jacket when on the water!
- Never jump or swim in the river – it has very strong under currents!
- Boats can be unstable so take care when stepping into or out of the boat.
- Passengers must be seated with arms/hands in boat when moving.
- Make sure you have suitable clothing and footwear. Check out the weather forecast so you are fully prepared.
- Please navigate with caution at all times observing speed restrictions, bye-laws, navigational limits/instructions, waterways instructions and the advice of British Waterways and other navigational authorities.
- Take control of the boat and operate it in a way which avoids injury to people, wildlife, the environment or property, and show consideration for others.
- Always pass on the right hand side of the river and give way to laden or unladen cargo boats, rowing boats and other human propelled craft.
- Moor safely and follow regulations displayed at moorings.
- Please do not race or go over the speed limits. Remember, if your boat is going with the flow your speed will be faster than indicated. As a guide, 4 mph is a fast walking pace.
- Portable heating, lighting or electrical equipment or anything that may cause danger to the boat, its occupants or equipment are not permitted on-board the boat. No barbeques to be operated on board the boat.
- Please do not allow on the boat at any time more persons than the maximum number as advised at the demonstration.
- All passengers are responsible for their own safety and the safety of their possessions.
- All persons are expected to treat the wildlife and environment with respect. Please remember to take all litter with you and dispose of in the appropriate bins.
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