Brownsea 2024 Main Date:- SAFETY TEAM
Please sign up to assist RLSS Poole Lifeguard by joining the Safety Team for the Brownsea Island Swim 2024 - MAIN EVENT DATE as shown below
Main Date of Swim: 23rd June 2024
Swim Start of approx 09:40hrs BST.
Event Times: 06:30hrs till 15:00hrs approx.
LOCATION: Sandbanks and Poole Harbour
This year we have the possibility of two dates to host the Brownsea Swim - the Main Event is set as above but we also have a Fallback date of 07th July 2024 with the same start time.
We would really appreciate it if you could not only sign up for the main date via this form but also sign up for the Fallback Date on the separate form (if you can make it) so that we can plan ahead and bring the fallback plan into operation pretty quickly, in the event of having to cancel the Main date for reasons outside of our control.
Purpose of this Form
This is an opportunity to join us 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 at start of the day
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.
PLEASE READ THE RELEVANT SECTION BELOW AND
THEN SCROLL DOWN TO SEE AVAILABLE SLOTS AND SIGN UP
Privacy: Only your 1st name & 1st letter of your last name will be appear on this website!
PADDLE CRAFT SAFETY TEAM:
All Paddlers need to meet the minimum criteria and be:
Competent on a board / kayak / ski as described below:-
Note: a minimum of 8:1 paddler are required!
therefore, for 2024: 150 x Swimmers = min 32 x Paddlers.
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.
YOU ALSO AGREE TO THE FOLLOWING
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 and barred from future events– they are aware of this. We have to have this rule to ensure that all our safety paddlers are focused on all the swimmers and not just one, thus causing a weak link in our overall Safety Cover.
SAFETY BOAT TEAM:
All Safety Boat Helms and Crew need to meet the minimum criteria as described below:-
Note: a minimum of 30:1 safety boats are required!
Therefore, for 2024: 250 x Swimmers = min 9 x Safety Boats.
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 AID TEAM:
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.
DOCUMENTS TO READ:
These documents will be sent to you nearer the day of the swim.
Brownsea Swim - Normal Operating Plan and Emergency Action Plan
Brownsea Swim - Risk Assessment
Brownsea Swim - 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 the appropriate spot below and fill in the details.
Please remember to list your relevant Qualification / Competency / Experience.
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This is for members of RLSS Poole Lifeguard to book themselves onto our own club sit on top paddle craft
This for Paddlers who are not members of RLSS Poole Lifeguard and who would like to sign up and volunteer to assist with the safety cover. Please state your club and relevant qualifications as well as what you will be paddling, i.e. kayak etc.
This for members of RLSS Poole Lifeguard Club Only
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