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Charity no. 1156361\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ePage 1 of 26\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eBEC SAFETY GUIDELINES\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e1. BEC SPORTS ACTIVITIES IN GENERAL\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e1.1 Introduction\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eBrighton Explorers Club (BEC) exists to encourage members to enjoy a variety of sporting pursuits;\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eBEC is a club and not an activity centre, where the activities promoted by BEC can be dangerous if\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eundertaken without consideration for the appropriate safety requirements.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eBEC is committed to maintaining high standards of safety. This document defines reasonable\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eprecautions to ensure that activities are carried out under safe conditions; to encourage all members to\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eparticipate in club activities in a safe manner. Responsibilities are shared; placing emphasis on the\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eindividual member to take responsibility for their own actions; for their own safety and the safety of\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eothers.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThese guidelines have been written to help in achieving a safe practice and to allow you to HAVE FUN\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eSAFELY!\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eFor the purposes of these guidelines, a club trip or activity is defined as one where an invitation to the\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003emembership has been communicated via email from the BEC website. The following activities are not\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003econsidered official BEC activities: non-BEC events that are promoted to BEC members and, events\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ecommunicated via the BEC-Chatter mailing list. Nevertheless, in the interest of everyone’s safety,\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003econsideration should be given to following these guidelines for any activity.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e1.2 Personal Details\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eAll participants in BEC activities should be a member of the club; if an accident should occur it is vital\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ethat personal details of the injured person, including next of kin, are available.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eTrip organisers/leaders should be able to establish the identity of participants and their membership\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003estatus.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eMembers may be asked to prove their membership before taking part in a BEC activity and are asked\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eto carry their membership card.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIt is recommended that all club members have their own personal accident insurance.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIt is the responsibility of individuals to ensure that someone, usually the activity leader, is aware of any\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ehealth concerns that may affect their safety or performance. e.g. allergic reaction to bee stings,\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ediabetes, migraine. This includes where remedies or medication are kept in their packs, and how they\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eshould be administered.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIn an emergency, next of kin details for all members are available via any committee member.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eCommittee member contact details are available to the public via the website.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e1.3 Incident Book\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eAn Incident Book is maintained by the Vice Chair to record all incidents, accidents, near misses and\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003epractices likely to cause an accident. It is everyone\u0027s duty to report such occurrences.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe incident book is reviewed at every Committee meeting, following which any recommendations to\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ereduce the risk of similar occurrences will be raised with the Section Leader and/or trip orgainser.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e1.4 Club Equipment\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eClub equipment is maintained and checked by Section Leaders. However, this does not divest\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eresponsibility away from a member who borrows club equipment.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIf a member borrows a piece of club equipment (eg. kayak, bouyancy aid, climbing rope, helmet, map,\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eice axe, bike light, etc) they should:\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Know how to use the equipment correctly and safely\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Check the equipment is fit for use, and not rely on the judgement of the Section Leader, or the\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eperson who last used it\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIf a member discovers a fault with club equipment it should not be used, and should be brought to the\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eattention of the Section Leader.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eLast updated: 11\u003csup\u003eth\u003c/sup\u003e Jan 15\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe Brighton Explorers Club is a UK registered charity. Charity no. 1156361\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ePage 2 of 26\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eBEC SAFETY GUIDELINES\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eAnyone misusing club equipment or behaving in an unsafe manner will be refused further use.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e1.5 Group Size and Solo Activity\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eBEC highly recommends that activities should not be carried out alone. Where experienced members\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003echoose to use BEC equipment or facilities alone, they do so at their own risk. A minimum of three\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eparticipants is recommended, although it is recognised that only two people may be available for some\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eactivities.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e1.6 Looking Out For One Another\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eWhen someone is unwell they may be reluctant to ask for help and their judgement may be impaired,\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eso on any club activity we are all responsible for looking out for one another. Sometimes it may be\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003enecessary to be firm with someone who is unwell, as they may not appreciate that they need support.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIf during an activity, someone experiences things like chest pains, confusion, breathlessness or a head\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003einjury, it is recommended that someone contact the emergency services for advice.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIf someone leaves an activity early because it is more challenging than they expected, because of an\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eaccident, because their gear is not suitable for the conditions, or because they feel unwell, this person\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eis likely to be vulnerable. It is recommend that they should not go alone and that they should not drive\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eunless they improve significantly.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ePlease always be ready to play your part in such situations, offer assistance actively but tactfully and\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003edo not leave it to the leader to notice or manage such situations.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e1.7 Mobile Phones\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eMobile phones can be useful to take on an activity and have sometimes proved helpful in\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eemergencies. However, they are not a substitute for other safety precautions and the mountain rescue\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eservices stress they should be used to call for help only in cases of real emergency. If you do call for\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ehelp, make sure to keep your mobile turned on so the emergency services can call you back.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e1.7.1 ‘ICE’: A Message from the Ambulance Service\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIf we were to be involved in an accident or were taken ill, the people attending us would have our\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003emobile phone but wouldn’t know who to call. Hence the ‘ICE’ (In Case of Emergency) Campaign.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe concept of ‘ICE’ is a method of contact during emergency situations. As mobile phones are\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ecarried by the majority of the population, all you need to do is store the number of a contact person or\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003epersons who should be contacted during emergency under the name ‘ICE’. For more than one contact\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ename, simply enter ‘ICE1’ ‘ICE2’ ‘ICE3’ etc.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIn an emergency situation, emergency service personnel and hospital staff may be able to contact the\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eright person by dialling the number you have stored as ‘ICE’.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e1.7.2 Emergency Number 112\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e112 is an internationally recognised number that can be used from mobile phones to contact the\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eemergency services. Calls to 112:\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Will automatically use another available network, if your normal network is unavailable\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Can be made via pay-as-you-go phones, even if no credit is available\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• By pre-registering your phone, emergency text messages can be sent to 112\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eo Text messages have a better chance of getting through in areas of poor phone signal\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Further information in the video here:\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e \u003ca href=\"https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded\u0026v=xpzv_8dabfu/\"\u003ehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded\u0026v=XPZv_8dABfU\u003c/a\u003e \u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eLast updated: 11\u003csup\u003eth\u003c/sup\u003e Jan 15\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe Brighton Explorers Club is a UK registered charity. Charity no. 1156361\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ePage 3 of 26\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eBEC SAFETY GUIDELINES\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e2. OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e2.1 General Points\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Be aware of the welfare of other party members and pay particular attention to the welfare of\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eless experienced members of the group and check that they have adequate clothing and\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eequipment\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Each participant should be aware of emergency procedures in case of accident\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Any slip or fall, no matter how far, may induce personal injury and/or emotional shock\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Carry food, drink, spare clothing, first aid supplies and survival equipment appropriate to the\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eenvironment and potential conditions. Personal medication is the responsibility of the individual\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eparticipant\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• No person should take part in any BEC activities if their ability or judgement are impaired by\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ealcohol, drugs or other substances\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Never be afraid to change plan or turn back in the interests of safety, particularly when\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003einexperienced participants could be faced with conditions beyond their ability. Be aware\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ehowever, that a significant alteration to a stated route may affect search and rescue efforts if\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ethey were required\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eAll participants should be aware of the effects of wind and weather conditions:\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Activity may lead to loss of energy/exhaustion which may place the individual in \u0027difficulty\u0027\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Loss of energy/exhaustion may be made worse by loss of body heat\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Cooling affects are much greater where there is a brisk wind, and may come on much quicker\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ethan you may think, regardless of level of fitness and air temperature\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Be aware of the potential for sunstroke, sunburn and dehydration\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Sun reflecting off surfaces like water and snow, will increase its effects.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• It is advisable to wear hi-factor sun-block to protect skin\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Wear sunglasses to avoid glare and temporary blindness\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Always carry adequate drinking water.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• For all outdoor activities, the Activity Leader should check local conditions, however this does\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003enot divest participants from their personal responsibilities\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e2.2 Natural Hazards\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e2.2.1 Dogs and cattle\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eLivestock can often be deterred from following you too closely by turning to face them with both arms\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eraised. Don\u0027t brandish a stick, as this may excite them, and use an ordinary speaking voice rather than\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eshouting. Don\u0027t walk between a cow and her calf. If you are threatened by cattle when walking a dog,\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eyou should let the dog off the lead - it\u0027s better that they go after your dog than you.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e2.2.2 Insects\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eInsects can be a serious irritant, especially midges in Scotland in the summer. Consider carrying an\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003einsect repellent, and know how to treat bites and stings.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e2.2.3 Ticks and Lyme Disease\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eTicks are tiny blood-sucking insects found in moist, coarse, permanent vegetation in woodland, heath\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eand moorland including bracken, leaf litter and decaying mats of grass and sedges, particularly in\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eplaces where deer live, attaching themselves to passing animals and humans. Some ticks carry\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003einfections that can affect humans, the most serious of which is lyme disease. Although seldom fatal,\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003elyme disease is a debilitating condition that can remain in the body for many years, affecting the\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eLast updated: 11\u003csup\u003eth\u003c/sup\u003e Jan 15\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe Brighton Explorers Club is a UK registered charity. Charity no. 1156361\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ePage 4 of 26\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eBEC SAFETY GUIDELINES\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003enerves and occasionally even leading to chronic arthritis and heart conditions. Lyme disease is still\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003every rare, though by no means unknown.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eTicks need to be attached to the body for at least 24-36 hours to transmit the disease and even if you\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ecome into contact with them, it should be possible to detect and remove them before any harm is\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003edone. The highest risk is in late spring and early summer when the tick is most active and feeding. If\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eyou walk through rough vegetation, especially during these months, consider taking the following\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eprecautions:\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eWear close-weave long trousers and long-sleeved shirts, and keep cuffs fastened and trousers\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003etucked into socks, shoes or boots rather than open sandals, or protect bare skin on arms and legs\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ewith insect repellent: DEET or permethrin can protect against ticks for several hours\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIf you find a tick, remove it immediately, preferably with tweezers. Grasp it firmly as close as possible\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eto the skin, and pull firmly and steadily without jerking or twisting until it disengages itself - try not to\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003esquash since it could squirt blood. Wash your hands and the bite area afterwards, using disinfectant if\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eavailable.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eAfter your walk, examine your body carefully for ticks, including their favourite feeding places - the\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ebacks of knees, groin, under the arms and on the scalp\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIf part of the tick breaks off, or if you think any part of it may be left in your skin, consult your doctor\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eimmediately. If possible, take the tick with you, folded in sticky tape, so that it can be sent for analysis.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIf you think you have been bitten by a tick, seek medical advice straight away, indicating that you are\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003econcerned about the risk of lyme disease, since early treatment with antibiotics will normally prevent\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ethe illness developing any further.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eFurther information on Lyme Disease and ticks can be obtained from NHS Direct,\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eLast updated: 11\u003csup\u003eth\u003c/sup\u003e Jan 15\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe Brighton Explorers Club is a UK registered charity. Charity no. 1156361\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ePage 5 of 26\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eBEC SAFETY GUIDELINES\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e3. LEADING BEC ACTIVITIES\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eAs described in the introduction above, BEC is a club and not a professional activity centre. As such,\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eany member is permitted to organise or lead an activity. The ethos of BEC is an informal club that\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eencourages people to partake in, and organise, sporting activities for the enjoyment and personal\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003edevelopment of people, especially young adults. In the interests of the safety and enjoyment of club\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003emembers and the general public, some guidelines are given below.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e•\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eAn activity leader should have suitable experience of the activity they are leading, having\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eperformed it to a similar level, on several occasions in the past.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e•\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThey should ideally have been a participant in a similar BEC activity on at least two previous\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eoccasions, eg. two previous BEC Walks, or two previous MTB rides, etc.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eo BEC wishes to encourage events however, so if you are a new member considering\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eorganising an event, please feel free to discuss with the Section Leader, Vice Chair or\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eanother Committee member\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e•\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eConsider what experience or skill participants will require for the proposed activity\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eo Where required, check that new members understand what’s involved in the activity\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eand explain what skills or equipment they require\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eo Activity leaders have the right to politely turn someone away if they are not suitably\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eequipped for the activity\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e•\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eConsider the balance of experience in the group and if there are enough experienced people\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e•\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eConsider whether to limit the group size for safety reasons, or availability of club equipment\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e•\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eFor activities like walking, cycling and trips, participants should have the mobile phone number\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eof the activity leader. This can be very useful in case someone gets lost or separated from the\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003egroup. Ideally the leader will also have the mobile number of all the group. This can be done in\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ethe email advert, by asking attendees to text the leader their mobile number.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e•\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIt is good practice to remind participants to inform the leader of any medical or health issues\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ethat may affect their safety or performance\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e•\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eUseful guidance is also provided on page 13 under “Guidance Notes for Leading Cycle Rides”,\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003esome of which is applicable to activities other than cycling\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e•\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eRegular weekly events are usually arranged by or in consultation with the relevant Section\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eLeader\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e•\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eFor weekend or longer trips:\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eo The Vice Chair should be informed of the trip in advance, to check it does not clash\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ewith other events and so it can be put on the Club Programme\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eo The leader is recommended to read the “Guidance Notes for Trip Organisers”\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e \u003ca href=\"http://www.brightonexplorers.org/library/guidance%20notes%20for%20trip%20organ/\"\u003ehttp://www.brightonexplorers.org/library/Guidance%20Notes%20for%20Trip%20Organ\u003c/a\u003e \u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eisers.pdf\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eLast updated: 11\u003csup\u003eth\u003c/sup\u003e Jan 15\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe Brighton Explorers Club is a UK registered charity. Charity no. 1156361\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ePage 6 of 26\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eBEC SAFETY GUIDELINES\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e4. CAVING GUIDELINES\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eGeneral\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eBEC will only recognise Caving activities that are arranged by agreement with the Caving Section\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eLeader or a committee member. In that agreement, the activity leader will be identified and any\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003edecision made by the activity leader is final.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ea) Group numbers and route planning\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Refer to the general guidance on group size and solo activity (page 3)\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Always include experienced cavers in the party.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Take notice of the local weather forecast and ground conditions. Flooding can happen very\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003equickly and violently.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Leave a note of your trip route and a latest time out with a responsible person. Make sure they\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eknow how to contact cave rescue, and most importantly confirm your safe exit with them.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eb) Each participant must be aware of personal safety and the safety of others around them.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Pick a cave within everyone\u0027s capabilities. Ensure all members of your party are skilled in the\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003etechniques needed to progress safely within the cave.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• An accident underground is easy; rescue is difficult and sometimes impossible. Most accidents\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eare caused by falls, loose boulders, rising water and exposure. Take special care in these\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003esituations.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Exiting a cave can take much more effort than entry - plan your trip with the return in mind\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• No participant should attempt anything they are not competent to cope with\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• No person is permitted to take part in any BEC Caving activity whilst under the influence of\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ealcohol, drugs or substances that may impair judgement.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Always carry emergency lights, food, a first aid kit and survival bag.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ec) All participants must be aware of the correct use of equipment:\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Ensure you wear clothing and footwear suitable for your trip.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Check ropes, ladders and belays before use and ensure they are rigged properly.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Check that ropes are long enough and always knotted at the lower end.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Perfect ladder and rope techniques above ground, before trying them underground\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eo In particular, participants should be familiar with SRT (Single Rope Technique), when\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003epartaking in a trip that requires the use of this technique\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eo Members who are new to performing SRT on a BEC trip may be asked to attend a\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003epreliminary SRT session, in order for them to demonstrate the technique and to\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eintegrate with the existing BEC Cavers. This helps to ensure the smooth and safe\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eoperation of the new group\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• When belaying, always use a belay device.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• An abseil device must be used in all abseil activities.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eNew Cavers\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eOnly a qualified cave leader, or other recognised competent caver is to introduce a New Caver to BEC\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ecaving activity. The leader must give consideration to the level of fitness of the New Caver and confirm\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ethe availability of all required safety equipment.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eAdditional information can be found on the British Caving Association website here:\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e \u003ca href=\"http://www.trycaving.co.uk/content/view/24/1/\"\u003ehttp://www.trycaving.co.uk/content/view/24/1/\u003c/a\u003e \u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eLast updated: 11\u003csup\u003eth\u003c/sup\u003e Jan 15\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe Brighton Explorers Club is a UK registered charity. Charity no. 1156361\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ePage 7 of 26\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eBEC SAFETY GUIDELINES\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e5. CLIMBING GUIDELINES\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eGeneral\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eClimbing activities are arranged by the Climbing Section Leader or other competent climber. In that\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eagreement the activity leader will be identified and any decision made by the activity leader is final.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ea) Refer to the general guidance on group size and solo activity (page 3)\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eb) Each participant must be aware of personal safety and the safety of others around them:\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• The \u0027climber\u0027 must confirm their belay before climbing, and must not start climbing until\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eacknowledged by their belay\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• No participant should attempt anything they are not competent to cope with\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• No person is permitted to take part in any BEC Climbing activity whilst under the influence of\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ealcohol, drugs or substances that may impair judgement.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ec) All participants must be aware of the correct use of equipment:\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Before you climb, check condition of the harness, rope, karabiners, belay device and any other\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eitems of equipment.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• It is recommended that head protection should be worn in line with BMC guidelines.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Suitable Footwear must be worn for security of footing.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• A Harness must be worn when roped climbing; make sure the harness is fitted correctly and is\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003esecurely fastened in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• When tying on, the rope must be tied into the harness in accordance with the manufacturer\u0027s\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003einstructions\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• When belaying, always use a belay device.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• An abseil device must be used in all abseil activities.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ee) Route planning:\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Be aware of the approach/escape routes\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Always check the tidal conditions on sea cliffs\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Take full account of the forecast weather conditions\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ej) Lead climbing is a serious undertaking and should only be attempted by people competent to\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eundertake this activity.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eNew Climbers\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eOnly the Climbing Section Leader (or other nominated competent person) is to introduce a New\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eClimber to a BEC climbing activity. The Climbing Section Leader (or nominated competent person)\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003emust give consideration to the level of fitness of the New Climber and confirm the availability of all\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003erequired safety equipment.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eFor the safety of all participants the New Climber:\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Must be able to correctly put on and fasten a climbing harness\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Must be able to \u0027tie-on\u0027\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Must be able to \u0027belay\u0027\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Must be able to communicate using standard climbing/belay calls between belay and climber\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eWhere this is not the case, BEC requires the New Climber to undertake an introductory course at a\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eclimbing wall/centre.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eLast updated: 11\u003csup\u003eth\u003c/sup\u003e Jan 15\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe Brighton Explorers Club is a UK registered charity. Charity no. 1156361\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ePage 8 of 26\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eBEC SAFETY GUIDELINES\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe exception to this is where BEC members who are also BMC members, may be covered by their\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eBMC insurance to introduce a beginner to the basic techniques. This should be confirmed beforehand\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ewith the Climbing Section Leader and/or Committee.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eFurther Reading: The BMC produce a number of publications on safety and\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003egood climbing practice, some of which can be downloaded free:\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e \u003ca href=\"http://www.bmcshop.co.uk/index.php?cpath=357_203_413\u0026\u0026view=all/\"\u003ehttp://www.bmcshop.co.uk/index.php?cPath=357_203_413\u0026\u0026view=all\u003c/a\u003e \u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eLast updated: 11\u003csup\u003eth\u003c/sup\u003e Jan 15\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe Brighton Explorers Club is a UK registered charity. Charity no. 1156361\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ePage 9 of 26\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eBEC SAFETY GUIDELINES\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e6. COASTEERING GUIDELINES\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eGeneral\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eBEC will only recognise Coasteering activities that are arranged by agreement with the Coasteering\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eSection Leader or a committee member. In that agreement, the activity leader will be identified and any\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003edecision made by the activity leader is final.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ea) Each participant must be aware of personal safety and the safety of others around them.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Participants must be able to swim at least 25m\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• No person is permitted to take part in any BEC Coasteering activity whilst under the influence\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eof alcohol, drugs or substances that may impair judgement.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eb) Group numbers\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Refer to the general guidance on group size and solo activity (page 3)\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Always include at least two experienced Coasteerers in the group\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• The group should consist of no more than eight people\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• The group should keep close together\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ec) Pre-entry discussion\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eBefore entering the water an experienced member of the group should lead a discussion covering the\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003efollowing:\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• The planned route\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Possible escape routes\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• The importance of keeping together and looking after each other\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Agree who is leading the group and who is staying at the back (these should be experienced\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003emembers)\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Agree how to enter the water\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Agree where and when it is safe to jump (if the plan is to do jumps), and the signal to show all\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eis well after these jumps\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ed) Sea conditions and weather\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Check the local sea condition forecast (eg.”magic seaweed” website)\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Before entering the water, check the sea conditions\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• The conditions should be assessed by the experienced coasteerers and the group should not\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ego out if conditions are considered unsafe or beyond the capabilities of the group.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Do not coasteer in areas in which strong currents can pull people out to sea (e.g. Portland)\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Be aware that being in the water for an extended period of time risks hypothermia. Let the\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003egroup leader know if you are too cold.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Be aware of the risk of dehydration. Ensure you are hydrated before starting the session.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ee) Route planning\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• The route should be discussed amoung the group and everyone be comfortable with the\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eduration and difficulty\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Leave a note of your trip route and a latest time out with a responsible person\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Always confirm your safe exit with the responsible person\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Be aware of escape routes and be prepared to finish the session early if required\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ef) Jumps:\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eLast updated: 11\u003csup\u003eth\u003c/sup\u003e Jan 15\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe Brighton Explorers Club is a UK registered charity. Charity no. 1156361\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ePage 10 of 26\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eBEC SAFETY GUIDELINES\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• The depth of the water should be checked visually with goggles / mask before any jumps.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e•\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e3m depth of water is required for a jump from heights of up to 10m. Higher jumps are not\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003erecommended\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Consideration should be given to the difficulty of the climb up to the jump\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• After each jump partipants should signal that they are ok\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eg) All group members should wear:\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Wetsuit\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Appropriate water helmet\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Bouyancy aid\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Suitable footwear - good soles and toe protection\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eh) Optional clothing\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Gloves and over gloves\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Shorts and Kagul (protects wetsuit)\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ei) Group kit\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Throw line\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Knife (in case of entrapment)\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Goggles / Mask\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ej) Group kit to be left at entry point\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• First aid kit\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Mobile phones on different networks\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Water and food\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Warm clothing\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eLast updated: 11\u003csup\u003eth\u003c/sup\u003e Jan 15\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe Brighton Explorers Club is a UK registered charity. Charity no. 1156361\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ePage 11 of 26\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eBEC SAFETY GUIDELINES\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e7. CYCLING GUIDELINES\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eGeneral\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eBEC will only recognise cycling activities that are communicated via email from the BEC website. Any\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003edecision made by the activity leader is final.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ea) Refer to the general guidance on group size and solo activity (page 3)\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eb) Each participant must be aware of personal safety and the safety of others around them. No\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eparticipant should attempt anything they are not competent to cope with\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ec) Riding \u0027North Shore\u0027 equipment is a high risk activity and not recommended. North Shore equipment\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003erefers to dedicated high-level man-made boards and platforms, and not low-level boards commonly\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003efound at UK trail centres.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ed) All participants should carry the following equipment and know how to use it:\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eBike - Make sure the basics of your bike are going to survive the ride:\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Wheels and tyres are good and true (straight), no broken spokes, tyres have sufficient tread\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003edepth\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Brakes work and have enough wear left, cables are all good with no fraying.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Gears work smoothly, chain is good i.e. no rusting or seized links, cables are not frayed etc.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eHelmet - A cycling helmet is recommended. It should be in good condition and meet a recognised\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003esafety standard.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ePump - which fits your tyre valve.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eSpare inner tube(s) - which fit your wheels/tyres. If you don’t know how to use it, someone will be\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eable to help!\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eTyre levers - Enough to get your tyres off and back on again.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eTool for removing wheel(s) if applicable eg. a spanner.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eSuitable clothing, for warmth and/or waterproofness - Many thin layers allow you to tailor to the\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003econditions better than one thick layer\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eWater - This can potentially be supplemented with proprietary energy/isotonic powders\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eSnacks - High energy carbohydrate foods are best, such as museli bars.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eMobile phone - With phone number of the ride leader, in case you get lost!\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ee) The following items should also be considered:\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eLights - Bright off-road lights are essential for Mountain Bike rides in darkness. A rear red light for\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eroad sections. Consider also lights for the ride home at the end or unexpected delays.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eLock - useful if stopping at a pub.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ePuncture repair kit - In case you run out of spare inner tubes.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eMulti-tool - Many of these include all the tools you need for adjusting brakes, cables and gears. (i.e.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eAllen/hex keys, cross head \u0026 flat head screw drivers, small spanners)\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eChain splitter tool - Ideally carry some spare chain links, or \u0027power link\u0027 depending on your chain\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003etype to repair a broken chain - You can function a repair on most things - but not a broken chain.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eA few zip ties and/or Velcro straps of various sizes may come in useful.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eFirst Aid kit - See Appendix 1 for a basic first aid kit\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eCycling gloves - suitable for the season.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ef) Other points to note\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eSlippery conditions - If it\u0027s wet out there, be aware that it can get very slippery. Chalk especially so,\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ewhich can become like ice when wet. Green looking chalk is the worst.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eLast updated: 11\u003csup\u003eth\u003c/sup\u003e Jan 15\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe Brighton Explorers Club is a UK registered charity. Charity no. 1156361\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ePage 12 of 26\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eBEC SAFETY GUIDELINES\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eBe alert when riding - To traffic, other riders, walkers, horses and livestock. Slow down and pass\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ecarefully, try not to surprise them. If approaching from behind, call out a friendly greeting.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eClose all gates after you - unless they have been obviously fixed open by the land owner.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eAdditional information can be found on the British Cycling website here:\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e \u003ca href=\"http://www.britishcycling.org.uk/staticcontent/safety-points-0/\"\u003ehttp://www.britishcycling.org.uk/staticcontent/Safety-Points-0\u003c/a\u003e \u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eand the IMBA-UK (International Mountain Biking Association UK) website here:\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e \u003ca href=\"http://imba.org.uk/about-imba/policies/\"\u003ehttp://imba.org.uk/about-imba/policies/\u003c/a\u003e \u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eGuidance Notes for Leading Cycle Rides\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ePreparation Beforehand\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eKnow the route - If you do not ride the area frequently, try to plan your ride in advance instead of\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003emaking it up as you go; and try to ride your route in advance to make sure it is rideable. Some\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003esummer tracks are awful in winter!\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eTiming - The risk of something going wrong increases the longer you are out. Plan the ride for the\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003econditions and anticipated standards of the riders. Consider stoppage time for breaks, punctures,\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003echatting, etc. Typically this will be 30-45 minutes on a 2 hr evening ride.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eShortcuts - Try to plan your ride to include short-cut options. If your ride looks like it will take much\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003elonger than originally planned you can take one of your short-cuts to bring the ride back to the start in\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ean acceptable time. (Before the pub stops serving food!)\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eWeather - check the forecast and advise people what clothing (or suncream!) may be needed\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eEmail - When you advertise the ride try to give an idea of the route. Remind the riders to bring a\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003esuitable bike, suitable clothing, helmet, spare inner tube, pump, snacks, a drink and lights, if it\u0027s likely\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eto get dark before you return.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ePhone contact - It’s recommended that you provide your mobile number, and also ask people new to\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eyou to text you their number.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eClub Lights - For night rides, remind beginners that club lights are available to borrow, who they are\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eavailable from (usually the Section Leader) and to arrive 10 minutes early in order to fit them.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eEquipment - As leader, consider bringing: first aid kit, map, compass, extra snacks, extra clothing\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eand tools. Walkie talkie radios may be useful on some rides and are available to borrow from the BEC\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eClimbing Section Leader. A more comprehensive kit list for leaders is available on the in the\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eMembers Documents area of the BEC website.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eDuring the Ride\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ePlease don\u0027t lose anyone!\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe group\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Briefly explain the route and introduce yourself to those you don’t know\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Do a head count before starting\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Advising the whole group of the number will help people holding gates to count the group\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ethrough\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Ask someone to be an assistant / back marker\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• They should have your phone number and perhaps a map, or know the area\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Tell them the route and ask them to help shut gates and ensure no-one gets left behind\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eLast updated: 11\u003csup\u003eth\u003c/sup\u003e Jan 15\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe Brighton Explorers Club is a UK registered charity. Charity no. 1156361\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ePage 13 of 26\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eBEC SAFETY GUIDELINES\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• If you have large numbers of 15 or more, ask someone to be mid-marker, or consider splitting\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003einto two groups\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eStopping Points\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Try to plan your breaks at points where you would change direction\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• If changing direction without a stop, leave someone as marker, so riders don’t miss the turn.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Before you move off from a break point:\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Do a head count\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Explain the next leg of the ride\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Give advice on any expected hazards, eg. go slowly due to steep muddy descent\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Look and ask if everyone is ready before moving off\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• If you come to a gate which is not a break point ask the rider following you to hold the gate\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eopen and wait for the last rider (back marker) - Remember, the riders are waiting for you to\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003elead, so, in that way you can keep the ride moving.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eAccidents\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• If an accident occurs, keep calm and do not put yourself or anyone else in danger\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Identify any first aiders in the group and give first aid\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• If the injured person needs to retire from the ride, at least one other person should stay with\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ethem\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eAfter the Ride\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Head Count - When you finish the ride do a final head count.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• If someone is missing:\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Check with the group if there is a legitimate reason\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• If not, phone the person to check they are OK. If no one in the group has their number, it\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ecan be obtained from a Committee member\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eSee also the general section \"LEADING BEC ACTIVITIES” on page 6.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eFurther reading here: \u003ca href=\"https://www.ctc.org.uk/sites/default/files/file_member/201009040.pdf/\"\u003ehttps://www.ctc.org.uk/sites/default/files/file_member/201009040.pdf\u003c/a\u003e \u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eLast updated: 11\u003csup\u003eth\u003c/sup\u003e Jan 15\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe Brighton Explorers Club is a UK registered charity. Charity no. 1156361\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ePage 14 of 26\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eBEC SAFETY GUIDELINES\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e8. KAYAKING GUIDELINES\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eGeneral\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eKayaking is a high risk activity; for your own safety and for the safety of others you will need to know\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ethe basic kayaking skills and safety practices before you will be allowed to take part in a BEC kayaking\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eactivity. With the exception of pool sessions, BEC requires beginners to undertake an introductory\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ecourse with a qualified instructor, leading to a BCU (British Canoe Union) 1 Star Award. A beginner is\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003edefined as someone with no previous experience.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eBEC Kayaking Section Leader(s) will be able to offer guidance on approved courses of instruction.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eSection Leader contact details can be found on the BEC website.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eNew members with previous paddling experience must have BCU 1 Star Award or equivalent skills,\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ewhich include:\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• lift and carry a kayak safely\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• be able to paddle in a straight line on flat water and stop, when required\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• exist from a capsized boat and be rescued or swim safely to shore\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• have knowledge of basic safety equipment e.g. buoyancy aid, helmet, clothing, footwear, etc.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• be aware of others safety\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• be aware of hazards e.g. cold leading to hypothermia\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eMembers who wish to take part in white water activities must demonstrate an appropriate level of skills\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eand experience, which will be defined by the trip leader. This will vary depending on the grade of the\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eriver and the experience of the group.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eBEC will only authorise Kayaking activities under supervision of an experienced member; any decision\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003emade by the activity leader is final.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ea) All participants must be aware:\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• That open water will be much colder than the local ambient air temperature\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Cold water will bring on instant heat-loss, causing the body temperature to cool rapidly\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eb) Each participant must wear suitable clothing:\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Wet suit or dry cagoule/suit (not provided) or synthetic layers (not provided) and windproof\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ecagoule (provided by BEC)\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Footwear (not provided). Flip-flops are not recommended as they tend to get lost in the event\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eof a capsize/swim. Wet shoes, sandals or trainers with Velcro fastenings are recommended.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eLaces can get caught inside the boat and should be avoided.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Floatation aid (provided)\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Head Protection (provided)\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ec) Each participant must be aware of personal safety:\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• All participants must be able to swim at least 50 metres in open water.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• No participant shall ‘go out’ further than the limit (distance from shore/bank) set by the leader\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• No participant shall ‘break-away’ from the group unless instructed to do so by the leader;\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ee.g.return to shore.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Refer to the general guidance on group size and solo activity (page 3)\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eLast updated: 11\u003csup\u003eth\u003c/sup\u003e Jan 15\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe Brighton Explorers Club is a UK registered charity. Charity no. 1156361\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ePage 15 of 26\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eBEC SAFETY GUIDELINES\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• All participants must be made aware of the affects of wind, weather and tidal conditions, and\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003edo not attempt anything they are not competent to cope with.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Where required, all participants must complete and sign the Kayak Activity Register form.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eNovices\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e‘Novice’ refers to a person having little experience of kayaking.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eOnly the Kayaking Section Leader (or their nominated competent person) is to introduce a novice to a\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eBEC Kayaking activity. The Kayaking Section Leader (or their nominated competent person) must give\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003econsideration to the level of fitness of the novice and confirm the availability of all required safety\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eequipment.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ea) All points under the section ‘General’ (above) apply.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eb) Novice Kayakers are welcome to attend any kayaking activity promoted as part of the weekly\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eprogramme. However, their participation in any kayaking activity will be at the discretion of the\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eKayaking Section Leader (or their nominated competent person)\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ec) All novice kayakers will be expected to show proficiency in basic personal safety before being\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eallowed ‘on the water’.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ed) Novices will be grouped with an experienced kayaker in the ratio 5 novice kayakers to one\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eexperienced kayaker (Max).\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ee) All novice kayakers must stay with their group at all time, unless instructed otherwise by a leader\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e(e.g. return to shore).\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ePre-Activity Checks\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ea) All points under the ‘General’ and ‘Novices’ sections (above) apply.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eb) The Activity Leader must check local conditions (weather, state of water, etc) before setting out.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ec) All persons taking part in the kayak activity must be sure their boat is ‘fit for purpose’:\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Check that the boat has buoyancy, and that the buoyancy is firmly located in the boat, inflated\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eand in the correct position.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Check all toggles and/or loops at both ends of the boat for security of attachment.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Check that the foot rests (where fitted) are correctly adjusted.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ed) All persons ‘on the water’ must wear a buoyancy aid. Make sure the buoyancy aid is:\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Of suitable size for the individual person\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Is fitted correctly\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Is securely fastened\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Ask for assistance if you are unsure\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ee) All persons ‘on the water’ must wear suitable footwear in case of glass etc on the river/sea bed.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ef) All persons ‘on the water’ must wear a spraydeck and make certain that the release strap is secure\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eand is on the outside of the boat (exception can be made in the case of a beginner or novice in very\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ecalm inland or inshore waters and under close supervision, where the novice may want to build up\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003econfidence first).\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eg) All persons ‘on the water’ must wear a helmet even if, as is often the case at Brighton, surf is only\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eencountered when leaving and returning to the beach.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eLast updated: 11\u003csup\u003eth\u003c/sup\u003e Jan 15\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe Brighton Explorers Club is a UK registered charity. Charity no. 1156361\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ePage 16 of 26\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eBEC SAFETY GUIDELINES\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eh) All persons ‘on the water’ must be aware of the affects of the sun reflecting off the surface of the\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ewater, which may bring on sunstroke and sunburn; it is advisable to wear high factor sun-block to\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eprotect skin from sunburn; and also to wear sunglasses to avoid glare and temporary blindness.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eExperienced Kayakers:\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ea) Experienced kayakers wishing to paddle at times other than BEC weekly sessions must inform the\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eSection Leader or other responsible member of the water sports sections (if Section Leader not\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eavailable) of their plans before taking part in such activity.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe member(s) will be expected to submit a plan of the activity to include:\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Names of all Members taking part\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Date and Time of Activity\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Location of Activity\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Equipment Borrowed\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Expected Date and Time of Return\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eN.B. This applies even at ad-hoc times when a member wishes to ‘take out a kayak for a quick paddle’\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eon a warm sunny afternoon…\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eb) All points under the section ‘General’ (above) apply.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ec) In summer carry extra drinking water on longer trips. Remember to take precautions against the cold\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eeven on sunny days. Take extra clothes, including a windproof cagoule.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ed) Winter conditions are not suitable for novices, who should take up kayaking when the water\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003etemperature and conditions are usually more favourable.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ee) Refer to the general guidance on group size and solo activity (page 3).\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ef) Keep an eye on each other ensuring that no one is left behind. In difficult conditions operate a\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e“buddy” system for safety.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eg) No party should put to sea without at least one member being competent in deep water rescue\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003etechniques.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eAdditional information can be found on the British Canoe Union website here:\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e \u003ca href=\"http://www.bcu.org.uk/our-sport/getting-started/safety/\"\u003ehttp://www.bcu.org.uk/our-sport/getting-started/safety/\u003c/a\u003e \u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eLast updated: 11\u003csup\u003eth\u003c/sup\u003e Jan 15\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe Brighton Explorers Club is a UK registered charity. Charity no. 1156361\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ePage 17 of 26\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eBEC SAFETY GUIDELINES\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e9. SURFING\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eGeneral\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eSurfing is a high risk activity; for your own safety and for the safety of others you will need a good\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003egrasp of the basic surfing skills and safety practices as well as familiarizing yourself with these Safety\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eGuidelines before you will be allowed to take part in a BEC surfing activity.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eBEC strongly suggests beginners undertake an introductory course with a qualified instructor. A\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ebeginner is defined as someone with little or no previous experience.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe BEC Surfing Section Leader(s) will be able to offer guidance on approved courses of instruction,\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eeg. at main Surfing beaches. The Section Leader’s contact details can be found on the BEC website.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eBEC will only authorise Surfing activities under supervision of an experienced member; any decision\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003emade by the activity leader is final.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eNew members with previous surfing experience must demonstrate competent safety skills, which\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003einclude:\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Be able to assess a surf break for hazards, including currents and potential collision objects\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Understand the safety flag system (black/white - surf craft area, red/yellow - bathing area,\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ered- dangerous conditions, etc)\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Have knowledge of surfing safety etiquette \u0026 wave priority, and respect other users\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• have knowledge of basic safety equipment e.g. leashes, clothing, footwear, etc.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• be aware of others safety and be able handle board appropriately\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• be aware of hazards e.g. cold / tiredness leading to weakness or hypothermia\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• be aware of safety practices eg able to protect head, neck, spine \u0026 limbs in event of\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eunscheduled dismount (particularly in shallow or busy water), how to deal with currents\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ea) All participants must be aware:\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Of local conditions and hazards particular to break and conditions. Please be aware the\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003echaracteristics of a break can vary wildly according to conditions and tide heights (eg violent\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eshore dump at high tide, rips on incoming, wind effects etc)\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Basic safety skills and procedures.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eb) Each participant must wear suitable clothing:\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Appropriate thickness wet suit for season\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Wet shoes. Not essential but recommended for pebble beach. Flip-flops are OK for the beach\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ebut not on the board\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Bonnets and gloves (if water temperature dictates)\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ec) Each participant must be aware of personal safety:\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• All participants must be able to swim at least 100 metres in open water and have the\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003enecessary fitness to keep themselves safe\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• No participant shall ‘go out’ further than the limit (distance from shore) set by the leader\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Refer to the general guidance on group size and solo activity (page 3)\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• All participants must be made aware of the affects of wind, weather and tidal conditions. No-\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eone must attempt anything that they are not competent to cope with\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eLast updated: 11\u003csup\u003eth\u003c/sup\u003e Jan 15\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe Brighton Explorers Club is a UK registered charity. Charity no. 1156361\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ePage 18 of 26\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eBEC SAFETY GUIDELINES\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eNovices\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e‘Novice’ refers to a person having little experience of surfing.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eOnly the Surfing Section Leader (or their nominated competent person) is to introduce a novice to a\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eBEC Surfing activity. The Surfing Section Leader (or their nominated competent person) must give\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003econsideration to the level of fitness of the novice and confirm the availability of all required safety\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eequipment.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ea) All points under the section ‘General’ (above) apply.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eb) Novice Surfers are welcome to attend any surfing activity promoted within BEC. However, their\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eparticipation in any Surfing activity will be at the discretion of the Surfing Section Leader (or their\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003enominated competent person)\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ec) All novice surfers will be expected to show proficiency in basic personal safety before being allowed\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e‘on the water’.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ed) Novices will be grouped with an experienced surfer in the ratio 5 novice surfers to one experienced\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003esurfer (Max) if not surfing in lifeguard patrolled designated water craft area.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ee) All novice surfers must stay with their group at all times, unless instructed otherwise by a leader\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e(e.g. return to shore).\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ef) All surfers (novice and more experienced) to use buddy system (designated pairs with regular check\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ein) if not in lifeguard patrolled area\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eg) Winter conditions are not suitable for novices, who should take up surfing when the water\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003etemperature and conditions are usually more favourable.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ePre activity Checks\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ea) All points under the ‘General’ and ‘Novices’ sections (above) apply.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eb) The Activity Leader must check local conditions (weather, state of water, local hazards etc) before\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003esetting out.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ec) All persons taking part in the surf activity must be sure their board is ‘fit for purpose’:\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Check that the board Is watertight with no sharp edges and fins etc are in good condition\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Check there is an appropriate amount of wax to prevent slippage.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Check leashes including all fasteners for damage or wear and tear.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Use a board appropriate to your skill and size, as well as the current conditions. Be aware it\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ecan be difficult and dangerous as well as impeding your fun and progress to use the wrong\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eboard. If in doubt consult a surf shop or experienced member.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Ask for assistance if you are unsure\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ed) All persons must consider suitable footwear in case of glass etc on the beach/sea bed.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ee) All persons must be aware of effects of dehydration \u0026 ingesting seawater (including cramp and\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eexhaustion). Make sure you are well hydrated and fuelled before entering water. No one is allowed on\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ethe water after consuming drugs or alcohol. We recommend no surfing within 1 hour of a heavy meal.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ef) All persons ‘on the water’ must be aware of the affects of the sun reflecting off the surface of the\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ewater, which may bring on sunstroke and sunburn; it is advisable to wear high factor sun-block to\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eprotect skin from sunburn.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eLast updated: 11\u003csup\u003eth\u003c/sup\u003e Jan 15\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe Brighton Explorers Club is a UK registered charity. Charity no. 1156361\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ePage 19 of 26\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eBEC SAFETY GUIDELINES\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eExperienced Surfers\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ea) Experienced surfers wishing to surf at times other than BEC advertised sessions must inform the\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eSection Leader or other responsible member of the water sports sections (if Section Leader not\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eavailable) of their plans before taking part in such activity.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe member(s) will be expected to submit a plan of the activity to include:\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Names of all Members taking part\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Date and Time of Activity\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Location of Activity\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Equipment Borrowed\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Expected Date and Time of Return\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eN.B. This applies even at ad-hoc times when a member wishes to ‘take out a surfboard for a quick\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003epaddle’ on a warm sunny afternoon…\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eb) All points under the section ‘General’ (above) apply.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ec) In summer carry extra drinking water on longer trips. Remember to take precautions against the cold\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eeven on sunny days. Take extra clothes.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ed) Refer to the general guidance on group size and solo activity (page 3).\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ee) Keep an eye on each other ensuring that no one is left behind. In difficult conditions operate a\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e“buddy” system for safety.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ef) Please respect local users and consider the appropriateness of the intended surf “break” for the\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003etarget group. Be aware of Localism (where it exists and why). Taking a large group of inexperienced\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ebeginners onto a busy line up or shortboard/reef break is not likely to make you any friends or lead to\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ean enjoyable experience.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eAdditional information can be found on the National Surf Schools and Instructors Association website\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ehere: \u003ca href=\"http://www.nssia.org/safety_rules.html\"\u003ehttp://www.nssia.org/Safety_Rules.html\u003c/a\u003e \u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eGoogle “Surf safety Guidelines” for more useful tips\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eLast updated: 11\u003csup\u003eth\u003c/sup\u003e Jan 15\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe Brighton Explorers Club is a UK registered charity. Charity no. 1156361\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ePage 20 of 26\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eBEC SAFETY GUIDELINES\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e10. WALKING GUIDELINES\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eGeneral safety rules\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eWalking in most of Britain should present no serious problems even to a beginner, provided you\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003efollow a few simple rules.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eDon\u0027t take unnecessary risks by tackling overly long or difficult routes.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eKnow where you are or have a map and the ability to read it.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eOn longer walks, be aware of \"escape routes\" in case you need to cut your walk short for whatever\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ereason.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eMake sure you have plenty to eat and drink and are adequately dressed for the length of time you\u0027ll\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ebe out.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eTake a sensible approach to the weather, which in Britain is rarely severe but changeable and often\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ewet. Check the forecast before you set out (try the Met Office), always take a waterproof and keep an\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eeye on the sky. Rain, mist or fog and cold are the obvious hazards, but strong winds can be a\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eproblem too, especially on exposed hillsides or coastal cliffs.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eMake a special effort to be sure someone knows when you expect to be back.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eOn lowland walks you should consider carrying\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eMap, compass and navigation equipment.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eFull water bottle and/or thermos flask, adequate for your walk.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eExtra clothing, especially in winter\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eFood, unless you\u0027re absolutely sure you\u0027ll be able to eat on the way\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eEmergency rations\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eA first aid kit and any medicines you might need\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eMobile phone\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eWalking on roads\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eWhen walking on roads, follow the advice in the Highway Code: use the pavement if there is one and\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003esafe crossings wherever possible. Where there is no pavement walk on the right, facing oncoming\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003etraffic, crossing to the other side before sharp right-hand bends. Take special care on country roads\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ewith no pavements where traffic may be moving very fast.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eMountain walking\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIn the most mountainous parts of Britain, in North Wales, the Lake District and in particular the Scottish\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eHighlands, be prepared for more challenging weather, especially in winter. Conditions can vary\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003edramatically from valley to mountaintop, and even in spring and summer, the Scottish Highlands can\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003erapidly turn cold and windy. \"Wind chill\", where the combined effects of high winds and cold air\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003edramatically lower the body temperature, is dangerous and potentially fatal. It is therefore especially\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eimportant to be properly equipped when walking high up on the mountains in bad weather. Warm and\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ewaterproof clothing, a map, compass and good navigation skills are essential, and in addition to the\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003estandard equipment for lowland walks, you should also carry:\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• a survival bag: a heavy-duty bag for body insulation in an emergency\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• a torch and spare batteries\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• a whistle If a real emergency occurs; the international distress signal is a group of six loud\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eblasts of a whistle, to be repeated at one minute intervals.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• additional warm clothing, including hat and gloves\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• high-energy rations such as mint cake, chocolate, dried fruit\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eLast updated: 11\u003csup\u003eth\u003c/sup\u003e Jan 15\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe Brighton Explorers Club is a UK registered charity. Charity no. 1156361\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ePage 21 of 26\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eBEC SAFETY GUIDELINES\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• water purification tablets\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• a first aid kit\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIf you are likely to meet heavy snow or ice you should wear a pair of heavy-duty winter walking boots\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ethat can be fitted with crampons: these are metal spike attachments that give a better grip in icy\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003econditions and not all boots are suitable for them. Also, you should carry and know how to use an ice\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eaxe. You will need to learn how to use axes and crampons properly: in the hands of a novice they can\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ecause rather than prevent accidents.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eMany hill walkers carry a bothy bag. This is rather like a tent without poles, made of lightweight\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ewaterproof nylon. They are available in a range of sizes and you should carry one that is adequate for\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ethe size of your party. With two people or more they have the advantage of being able to share body\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eheat.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIt\u0027s especially important to be sensible about not over-reaching yourself: don\u0027t push yourself, or your\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eparty, beyond your limits, and don\u0027t hesitate to cut your walk short if you are tiring, or the weather is\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eworsening.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eLeave a route card or other indication of your likely location with a responsible person, and notify this\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eperson immediately of your safe return.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eRoute Cards\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eOn most walks you can simply memorise your route or highlight it on the map. But for more demanding\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ewalks, consider preparing a route card. This should define the location of checkpoints along the way\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e(grid references), times between checkpoints, bearings and \"escape routes\" in the event of accident,\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eor bad weather.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eBefore setting out, you should leave a copy of the card with a responsible person, and notify them on\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eyour safe return. In the event of an accident, help will arrive more quickly if rescuers have detailed\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003einformation about your route. If you feel a detailed card would unnecessarily restrict your movements,\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eat least leave a few notes about your intended whereabouts.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eBody matters\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eTemperature and water\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIn cold weather the greatest danger is hypothermia or exposure: this occurs where the body\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003etemperature is chilled to a life-threatening level, and is aggravated by wind chill. To avoid it make sure\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eyou have enough warm clothing and extra food and plenty of water. In warm weather, the principle\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ehazards are sunburn, windburn and dehydration. Sunhats, sun cream, and water can prevent serious\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003esunburn or heatstroke.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eDon\u0027t underestimate the amount of water you need. Doctors recommend drinking 1.5-2 litres of water a\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eday even for an ordinarily active lifestyle, and you will need more if you walking strenuously and/or the\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eweather is hot. Don\u0027t wait until you\u0027re thirsty to drink. Still mineral or tap water is adequate: fizzy drinks\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eare not recommended as they take longer to drink, a problem if you need to rehydrate quickly. Avoid\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003edrinking unboiled or unpurified water from streams, and when in the hills, carry emergency water\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003epurification tablets.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eFirst Aid\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eYou should not walk in remote areas without a basic knowledge of first aid. At least one person in a\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eparty should know how to bandage an ankle or apply a splint to a broken limb, and hill walkers should\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ebe able to recognise the signs of hypothermia and how to respond.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eSee Appendix 1 for a basic first aid kit.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe fundamental rule of first aid is warmth, rest and reassurance.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eLast updated: 11\u003csup\u003eth\u003c/sup\u003e Jan 15\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe Brighton Explorers Club is a UK registered charity. Charity no. 1156361\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ePage 22 of 26\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eBEC SAFETY GUIDELINES\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eBlisters\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eBlisters are simply the result of friction, but they can make a walk a miserable experience. To help\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eprevent blisters:\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Wear comfortable, good-fitting, worn-in boots or shoes, especially on long walks\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Wear good walking socks in the right size; consider wearing two pairs\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Keep your toenails trim\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Change your socks daily\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Quickly remove any foreign bodies from your socks and boots\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Ensure that the tongue and laces of your boots are arranged correctly and evenly\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Check your feet carefully and regularly for any sign of rubbing and tenderness\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Walk as much as possible in your boots so that hard skin develops at friction points\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Act immediately you feel any friction or discomfort: blisters can form very quickly\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIf you feel a blister developing, stop walking, take your boots and socks off and examine your feet.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eConsider applying some material cushioning or padding, or a breathable waterproof plaster, or\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003epossibly some strips of surgical tape.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eAdditional information on safety and equipment can be found on the Ramblers\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ewebsite here:\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e \u003ca href=\"http://www.ramblers.org.uk/go-walking/advice-for-walkers/safety-and-equipment.aspx/\"\u003ehttp://www.ramblers.org.uk/go-walking/advice-for-walkers/safety-and-equipment.aspx\u003c/a\u003e \u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eLast updated: 11\u003csup\u003eth\u003c/sup\u003e Jan 15\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe Brighton Explorers Club is a UK registered charity. Charity no. 1156361\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ePage 23 of 26\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eBEC SAFETY GUIDELINES\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e11. WINDSURFING GUIDELINES\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eGeneral\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eWindsurfing is a high risk activity; for your own safety and for the safety of others you will need to know\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ethe basic windsurfing skills and safety practices before you will be allowed to take part in a BEC\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ewindsurfing activity.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eBEC requires beginners to undertake an introductory course with a qualified instructor. A beginner is\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003edefined as someone with no previous experience.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eBEC Windsurfing Section Leader(s) will be able to offer guidance on approved courses of instruction,\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eeg. at Hove Lagoon. Section Leader contact details can be found on the BEC website.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eBEC will only authorise Windsurfing activities under supervision of an experienced member; any\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003edecision made by the activity leader is final.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ea) All participants must be aware:\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• That open water will be much colder than the local ambient air temperature\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Cold water will bring on instant heat-loss, causing the body temperature to cool rapidly\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eb) Each participant must wear suitable clothing:\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Wet suit or dry suit\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• A rash vest is recommended, for warmth in colder conditions, to be worn under the wetsuit\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Wet shoes or boots are important to protect against sharp stones or debris\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Buoyancy aid (provided by BEC)\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ec) Each participant must be aware of personal safety:\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• All participants must be able to swim at least 50 metres in open water.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• No participant shall ‘go out’ further than the limit (distance from shore/bank) set by the leader\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Refer to the general guidance on group size and solo activity (page 3)\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• All participants must be made aware of the affects of wind, weather and tidal conditions. No-\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eone must attempt anything that they are not competent to cope with\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• If falling from the board it is recommended to raise the arms to protect the head\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eNovices\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e‘Novice’ refers to a person having little experience of windsurfing.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eOnly the Windsurfing Section Leader (or their nominated competent person) is to introduce a novice to\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ea BEC Windsurfing activity. The Windsurfing Section Leader (or their nominated competent person)\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003emust give consideration to the level of fitness of the novice and confirm the availability of all required\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003esafety equipment.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ea) All points under the section ‘General’ (above) apply.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eb) Novice Windsurfers are welcome to attend any windsurfing activity promoted as part of the weekly\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eprogramme. However, their participation in any windsurfing activity will be at the discretion of the\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eWindsurfing Section Leader (or their nominated competent person)\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ec) All novice windsurfers will be expected to show proficiency in basic personal safety before being\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eallowed ‘on the water’.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eLast updated: 11\u003csup\u003eth\u003c/sup\u003e Jan 15\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe Brighton Explorers Club is a UK registered charity. Charity no. 1156361\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ePage 24 of 26\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eBEC SAFETY GUIDELINES\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ed) All beginner and novice windsurfers must stay with the group at all times, unless otherwise\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003einstructed otherwise by a leader (e.g. return to shore).\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ePre-Activity Checks\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ea) All points under the ‘General’ and ‘Novices’ sections (above) apply.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eb) The Activity Leader must check local conditions (weather, state of water, etc) before setting out.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ec) All persons taking part in windsurfing must be sure their board and rig are ‘fit for purpose’\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ed) All persons ‘on the water’ must wear a buoyancy aid. Make sure the buoyancy aid is:\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Of suitable size for the individual person\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Is fitted correctly\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Is securely fastened\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Ask for assistance if you are unsure\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ee) All persons ‘on the water’ must wear suitable footwear in case of glass etc on the river/sea bed.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ef) The wearing helmets in windsurfing generally comes down to the prevailing conditions and personal\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003echoice. BEC members are recommended to assess the conditions and wear a helmet if deemed\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003enecessary, or in doubt.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eg) All persons ‘on the water’ must be aware of the affects of the sun reflecting off the surface of the\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ewater, which may bring on sunstroke and sunburn; it is advisable to wear high factor sun-block to\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eprotect skin from sunburn; and also to wear sunglasses to avoid glare and temporary blindness.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eExperienced Windsurfers:\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ea) Experienced windsurfers wishing to sail at times other than BEC weekly sessions must inform the\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eSection Leader or other responsible member of the water sports sections (if Section Leader not\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eavailable) of their plans before taking part in such activity.The member(s) will be expected to submit a\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eplan of the activity to include:\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Names of all Members taking part\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Date and Time of Activity\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Location of Activity\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Equipment Borrowed\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Expected Date and Time of Return\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eb) All points under the section ‘General’ (above) apply.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eSome more general information on Windsurfing safety can be found here:\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e \u003ca href=\"http://www.learntowindsurf.com/basics_safety.shtml\"\u003ehttp://www.learntowindsurf.com/basics_safety.shtml\u003c/a\u003e \u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eLast updated: 11\u003csup\u003eth\u003c/sup\u003e Jan 15\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe Brighton Explorers Club is a UK registered charity. Charity no. 1156361\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ePage 25 of 26\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eBEC SAFETY GUIDELINES\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eAPPENDIX 1: BASIC FIRST AID KIT\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eCarry a basic first aid kit, which may include:\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Dressings - a few to include large and medium sizes\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Crepe Bandage\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Plasters - a selection in various sizes\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Triangle Bandage\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e•\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e4 safety pins to secure bandages\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Steristrips - for closing large wounds\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Antiseptic wipes\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Small scissors or penknife\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Tic Remover\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Antihistamine tablets\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Disposable gloves\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Electrolyte tablets - to ease cramp or dehydration\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Painkillers such as aspirin and paracetamol could be included but note these should only be\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eself administered\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Foil blanket or jacket (better)\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e• Duck tape (various uses including fixing dressings, stabilisation of broken limbs, etc)\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eLast updated: 11\u003csup\u003eth\u003c/sup\u003e Jan 15\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe Brighton Explorers Club is a UK registered charity. 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