It is a requirement of fishing on R&DAS waters that anglers read,
understand and accept this safety & risk management policy. All anglers
should make themselves aware of the risks they face on the societyís
waters. Anglers should carry out their own risk assessment at each visit
and take appropriate action to ensure their own safety and that of
others. This should include, but not necessarily be restricted to, an
Drowning - Water is inherently dangerous and there is always a
risk of drowning. It is recommended that a buoyancy aid is always worn
when on, in or near water.
Paths and Banks - These may be unstable, irregular and/or
slippery. Beware of undercuts, irregularities and instability in banks;
especially near deep water.
Fences - Avoid crossing fences, walls and similar obstructions,
except at approved access points. These obstructions may be unstable and
have sharp edges that can cause cuts, or have a risk of trapping body
parts. Where possible use stiles and gates, but be aware that these may
be unstable and in poor conditions with risks of collapse, cuts or
injury. Even when in good condition there is a danger of tripping and
falling. Be especially careful of barbed wire.
Wading - Take particular care when wading in deep or fast water
and on irregular or slippery bottoms. It is recommended that you use a
wading staff and a floatation device at all times. River levels can rise
very rapidly and unpredictably in response to distant weather
Power lines - Avoid fishing in the vicinity of power lines.
Carbon fibre fishing rods are excellent conductors of electricity. Even
if the rod does not touch the cables the electricity may arc over
considerable distances. If a fishing rod is used in proximity of a power
line there is a significant risk of a fatal electric shock.
Casting - Always show consideration to others users on the bank.
Avoid contacting anyone with your back-cast. It is recommended
protective headgear and eyewear is worn when fishing.
Hooks / Flies - Hooks easily penetrate the skin and can cause
significant injury and carry germs. Caution should be used when casting
or when handling hooks. Rusty hooks should be avoided.
Weighted Flies - Weighted flies can be difficult to control when
casting. Extreme caution should be exercised when casting weighted flies
to ensure they do not cause injury to yourselves or others.
Trees - Fishing under trees can be unsafe in windy conditions.
Beware of falling branches.
Animals - Bulls can be dangerous, as can bullocks and cows with
calves. Avoid all animals where possible and treat with caution.
Weilís Disease - This is potentially fatal and can be present in
water that has been contaminated by ratís urine. Never put wet lines in
your mouth or any other items of tackle that has been in the water.
Sewage - There may also be a risk in some waters from sewage
effluent. Wear waterproof plasters on any cuts or abrasions. Never put
wet lines in your mouth or any other items of tackle that has been in
Plants - Some plants can be a significant risk to health; most
notably Giant Hogweed, whose sap can cause severe burning of the skin.
It is recommended that all anglers should wear head and eye protection
at all times, and a flotation device as appropriate. Anglers should fish
with a companion when possible. Anglers should leave details of their
planned itinerary and time of return with someone. The society accepts
no liability for any injury or damage that anglers suffer or cause. It
is a condition of permission to fish that the angler accept liability
for any injury or damage to themselves, others or property. It is a
condition of permission to fish that
the angler arrange suitable insurance against injury and/or damage to
themselves, others and property.
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