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Brownsea Swim: SAFETY TEAM


Please sign up for assisting us on the 15th September with an 09:45hrs Swim Start

TIMES: 06:00hrs till 17:00hrs approx.              LOCATION: Sandbanks and Poole Harbour


A chance to help provide Safety Cover for the unique open water swim that is Brownsea Island Swim.

To provide the level of Safety Cover that this event is renowned for, we need a minimum of 10 Safety Boats, 3 Large Day Boats and at least 50 paddle craft.

An early start is required, but it is a fun day and extremely worth being part of the Safety Crew. Breakfast (Bacon Rolls) and Coffee will be provided for all Safety Crew at Sandbanks between 06:00hrs and 07:15hrs

To ensure that our insurance cover is maintained, we require that each person volunteering to assist us with the safety cover, meets our minimum requirements as shown below or holds a higher relevant qualification.

Privacy: Only your 1st name & 1st letter of your last name will be appear on this website!

All Paddlers need to meet the minimum criteria and be: 
Competent on a board / kayak / ski as described below:-
a minimum of 50 paddlers are required.

  • Capable of providing cover for the entire event i.e. to and from the Island and your point of Entry /Exit from the water, plus the approx 6.5Km around Brownsea Island.
  • Comfortable with approaching a swimmer bow on, and allowing them to grab hold of the bow of your kayak / board for support should they require it?  
  • Able to identify the reason for support and if necessary raise the attention of the nearest Safety Boat according to the NOP /EAP, then maintain this support until the Safety Boat can come to assist.
  • Maintain a visual with the swimmer's face (eye contact) at all times whilst they are holding onto the bow of your paddle craft.
  • Be capable of self rescue back into / onto your paddle craft,  so as to be able to continue with the safety cover.
    (i.e. assisted by fellow paddlers to get back into / onto your boat should you make a wet exit).
  • Be of 14 years of age or above.

By Signing up in the volunteers signup slots below, you confirm that you will happily form part of the Safety Paddle Craft Team and as such carry out any tasks /instructions provided by the safety briefings and by the Paddle Craft Coordinator on the day of the swim. Personally escorting known swimmers is not allowed and if it occurs then the swimmer in question risks being disqualified – they are aware of this. We have to have this rule to ensure that all our safety paddlers are focussed on all the swimmers and not just one, thus causing a weak link in our overall Safety Cover.

All Safety Boat Helms and Crew need to meet the minimum criteria as described below:-
a minimum of 10 safety boats are required.
  • Safety Boat Helm must hold a minimum of RYA Powerboat Level 2 or Equivalent Award or Higher
  • Safety Boat Crew must be competent and have had previous experience as safety boat crew at an open water event.
  • Both Helm and Crew must be capable of self rescue back into the Safety Boat should it be required, so as to be able to continue with the safety cover.
  • Safety Boat Helm be of 17 years of age or older.
  • Safety Boat Crew be of 14 years of age or older.

First Aiders need to meet the minimum criteria as described below:
Note: minimum of 2 First Aid Leaders and 1 First Aid Support Crew.
  • First Aid Team Leaders must hold a current First Aid at Work, Equivalent Award, or Higher Qualification.
  • First Aid Support Crew must have held a First Aid at Work, Equivalent Award, or Higher Qualification and have had experience at similar events.
  • All Members of the First Aid Team must be 17 years of age or older.
  • First Aid Team Leaders to provide their own First Aid Kits, which must be fit for purpose. (RLSS Poole Lifeguard will reimburse for any items used)
  • Blankets and Cold Cas Packs will be supplied by RLSS PLG and will be in the First Aid Tent on Brownsea Island.

These documents will be sent to you nearer the day of the swim.
  • Brownsea Swim 2019 - Normal Operating Plan and Emergency Action Plan
  • Brownsea Swim 2019 - Risk Assessment
  • Brownsea Swim 2019 - Island Layout and Swim Direction

  • Thank you for offering to support us with the Safety Cover for this event, it really is appreciated.
  • We will be in touch before the event with further details

  • By signing up you agree that you meet the criteria shown above!

  • Click on any available, appropriate, spot below fill in the details and please remember to list your relevant Qualification / Competency / Experience.

15th September 2019

Task/ItemStart Time End TimeAvailable SpotsItem Details
RLSS Poole LG Club (PLG) Paddlers 06:00 15:00#1: Gary ClayCompetent
#2: Lara MooreExperienced paddler
#3: Malcolm AcremanLevel 2 Kayak Coach/RYA Level 2 Powerboat
#4: Tim HarrisExperienced paddler
#5: Max HarrisExperienced paddler
#6: Sarah Pemberton Paddle Craft coordinator for 15 year
#7: Lyndon ByeExperienced
#8: Isabella MarshallRookie
#9: David CooperExperienced
1 remaining:  
Non PLG Club Paddlers 06:00 14:00#1: scott MilesExperienced paddler / RYA level 2
#2: Frazer ElyPHCC. 4 star sea kayak. Aquatic first aid
#4: Ellie ConnollyBoard competency - Branksome
#5: Dorota Haden PHCC 2* sea kayak
#6: Jon BurtonPHCC/Sea Kayaker/Level 3
#7: Mike JewsonPHCC, I have escorted swim legend Kate Steels around Brownsea in the past. RYA Day Skipper, Safety Boat, BLS first aid through HantSAR, I am an experienced open water swimmer, and admin to Hampshire Open Water Swimmers. I will personally know many of the swimmers.
#8: Gary FitchPHCC - Level 2 Coach
#9: Peter ColePortsmouth Canoe Club, BRitish Canoe (BC) L2 Coach, 3 star Sea and Canoe, VHF, First Aid L3, RYA PB L2. Conducting Sea Kayak Leader training 25/26 March with the aim of being qualified by June 19. BC Foundation Safety Rescue Training Provider.
#10: Greg HarringtonPHCC/2*/Sea Kayak
#11: Joanne Kitchener3 Star sea, WW Canoe, VHF, First Aid, Level 1 Coach.
#12: Sally WallingtonPHCC/2* Sea kayak
#13: Martin BakerExperienced paddler. BCU L2, 4*WW, FSRT. Some experience of assisting with open water swims
#14: John WheelerBoscombe Lifeguards - Very Experienced Paddler
#15: Gordon TurnerBranksome competent board paddler
#16: Amanda-Jane ParkerCompetent paddler. Stand up paddle boards, sit on tops, kayaks
#17: Eloise KaneBranksome Chine Surf life saving club / swim, board comp, first aid and board rescue
#18: Lauren ChamberlainBranksome - Swim and board comp
#19: Jack GarlandBranksome Chine Surf life saving club / swim, board comp, first aid and board rescue
#20: Will Dewar-CuttsBranksome-swim and board comp
#21: Lawrence MarshallRookie parent
#22: Adrian OatesPHCC 2*+ competent paddler
#23: Pete FootPHCC, 3* sea kayak
#24: Mark Sherrell NHYC competent paddler
#25: Ian ChiversBCU 3* Sea / Paddlesport Leader
25 remaining:  
First Aid Team 06:00 15:00#1: Hannah HarrisonParamedic - Lead
#2: Will FreakeFirst Responder
#3: Kieran MiltonEmergency Medical Technician
1 remaining:  
Poole Legacy 06:00 17:00#1: Simon MooreRYA level 2 /safety boat / VHF / RYA Powerboat instuctor.
#2: Brian PembertonRYA instructor
#3: Amelia PercivalTrainee Crew member
Poole Apollo 06:00 15:00#1: Dave PerchRYA Level 2
1 remaining:  
Poole Lottie 06:00 17:00#1: David RileyPb2/safety boat/vhf
1 remaining:  
Boscombe Zulu 06:00 15:00#1: Nick Sparrowhawk Motor boat Yacht master - numerous safety covers - nvblq
2 remaining:  
Branksome Arancia 1 06:00 15:00#1: Jonathan BentleyFlood rescue service
#2: Mark DixonRYA Level 3
Branksome Arancia 2 06:00 15:00#1: Anita KovacsSLSGB IRB Driver
1 remaining:  
Bournemouth Arancia 1 06:00 15:00#1: iain spicerSLSA GB IRB
Southbourne Arancia 1 06:00 15:002 remaining:  
Southbourne Arancia 2 06:00 15:002 remaining:  
Poole Sea Scouts 1 06:00 15:00#1: bradley farnhamRYA level 2
1 remaining:  
Poole Sea Scouts 2 06:00 15:00#1: Steve PayneRYA level 2
1 remaining:  
South Worcester SB1 06:00 15:002 remaining:  
Typhoon 06:00 15:00#1: Andrew BurtonRYA Level 2 Safety Boat
#2: Amy BurtonPrevious experience
Nutkin Too 06:00 15:00#1: Andy SquirrellRYA L2, RNLI D, FPOS I, BCU Lifegaur, 25 years + experiance
#2: Mark ThompsonHM CG, BCU Lifeguard, FAW
#3: Joy WalterFormerly member of Central London Lifesaving Club (1993 -1999) Christchurch Lifesaving Club (1994 - 2000) and Bournemouth Lifeguard Corps ( 2000 - 2007). Present day, proudly a member of Regatta Safety Services. I have crewing and helming experience but no qualifications. I am an NPLQ TA and I am a self-employed first aid at work trainer.
MVS Ocean Adventure 07:30 12:00#1: Richard ReesMaster Mariner
#2: Kevin SullivanPB2 First Aid
MVS Trevora 07:30 12:00#1: David Rangercomp
1 remaining:  
MVS St Elin 07:30 12:00#1: Steve DixonPB2, VHF, First Aid, MVS
#2: Nigel RodgersCommercially Endorsed Advanced Powerboat, Level 2 Kayak instructor, RYA Rescue Boat instructor, First Aid, VHF radio
#3: Ian Price-SmithCommercially Endorsed Yachtmaster Offshore (Sail), Commercially Endorsed Advanced Powerboat, RYA PB Instructor, First Aid, VHF radio
MVS Avocet 07:30 12:00#1: David MatthewsDayskipper Practical, Coastal Skipper Theory, SRC, First Aid, retired doctor
#2: Duncan MillerPB2,VHF,First aid,Day skipper theory&practical
Nightingale 07:30 12:00#1: Stuart BurseyRYA Yachtmaster. RYA Powerboat Instructor
#2: Fiona BurseyFAW & RYA First Aid Instructor. RYA Powerboat 2..
1 remaining: