We would like to draw you attention to a number of safety guidelines:-
PARTICIPATION IN THE REGATTA WATER EVENTS AND RACES MAY INCLUDE AN ELEMENT OF PERSONAL RISK OR INJURY. YOU SHOULD BE A COMPETENT SWIMMER. PARTICIPATION IN THE REGATTA IS AT YOUR OWN RISK AND PARENTS AND GUARDIANS SHOULD SUPERVISE THEIR CHILDREN AT ALL TIMES.
All children under the age of 14 must wear a life jacket or buoyancy aid when participating in any water events or races (save for swimming races). Your child will not be able to enter or participate in water events and races without a life jacket or buoyancy aid.
If you are over 14 and not a competent swimmer you must wear a life jacket/buoyancy aid when participating in any of our water activities.
Entrants to water carnival must behave responsibly on the water and towards other entrants. The committee reserve the right to refuse entry to the water carnival to those entrants who have not complied with safety rules above
DO NOT SWIM IN THE MAIN CHANNEL OR THE ACCESS CHANNEL
It is dangerous to swim in the main channel and the access channels due to moving boats and strong currents. Ref Notice to River Users 1 of 2018 Hamble Harbour: General Instructions and Advice
RESPECT THE WATER is the RNLI’s drowning prevention campaign, highlighting the risks of cold water shock. When you fall into water below 15°C, you instinctively gasp for air, increasing your chance of inhaling water. Instead, relax and float for around 90 seconds to minimise this risk.
5 steps to float
1. Fight your instinct to thrash around
2. Lean back, extend your arms and legs
3. If you need to, gently move your arms and legs to help you float
4. Float until you can control your breathing
5. Only then, call for help or swim to safety
Please read the Important Safety Information for all participants on the back page of the Programme