Key Messages

Some examples of how to use key messages (the complete library of messages is at the bottom of this page)

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Respect the water

If you are heading out to sea or on the river; wear a well-fitted, well-maintained and suitable personal floatation device (lifejacket or buoyancy aid)

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Know where you are going

Choose a suitable route and allow enough time

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Know your limits

Be honest with yourself about you and your companions’ knowledge, fitness and ability

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Let the experts show you the way

If you are doing something new or going somewhere new, why not go with a qualified guide/instructor or sign up for some training (www.visitwales.com/activity-search/)

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If the sun shines on your adventure…

Apply sunscreen and wear a sun hat

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Check the latest weather forecast before you set off

If the weather or ground conditions are beyond your capabilities, or equipment, consider your options - it’s ok to choose a more suitable route or to turn back

Take advice, only attempt a route if the conditions are within you and your companions’ capabilities

If you heading out to sea or on the river check the latest weather forecast before setting off

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Wear a...

well-fitted, well-maintained and suitable personal floatation device (lifejacket or buoyancy aid)

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Look after your boat

Know how to fix common problems and how to carry out basic maintenance

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Know and look after your kit

Carry spares and be able to fit them

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Respect the water

When seas are rough, wave watch from a respectful distance - 15cm of water can knock you off your feet

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Stay warm and dry

Wear the right footwear for your activity, such as walking boots or non-slip deck shoes

Carry insulating layers and waterproofs

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Make sure your mobile is charged...

but don’t rely on it for navigation and communication!

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Keep your energy levels up

Carry food and drink

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Know where you are going

Carry a map/chart and compass and know how to use them

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Respect the water

If you are on the beach or walking along the coast;

  • Don’t get cut off by the tides - check tide times
  • Where possible choose a lifeguarded beach and swim between the red and yellow flags
  • Don’t jump into pools unless you know there are no hazards beneath the water
  • If you are caught in a rip current, don’t try to swim against it.  If you can, stand and wade, don’t swim.  If you can’t stand, swim parallel to the shore, raise your hand and shout for help

If you are heading out on the water;

  • Check the anticipated currents and tidal predictions for your trip and make sure they fit with what you’re planning to do
  • Plan your passage - check if there are any hazards or navigational risks you should avoid
  • Make sure that everyone on board, or in your group, knows where the safety equipment is stowed and how to use it
  • Make a habit of clipping onto suitable points around the boat at night, when you are alone on deck or in rough conditions
  • In a motorised craft? If it has a kill cord use it

 

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The right gear's a good idea

A fall might break your day - a good helmet and protective clothing might make yourself your day

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Plan for a great day

Keep in touch – make sure you carry an appropriate means of calling for help should you need to.

Key messages library

Plan for a great day
  • Know where you are going – carry a map/chart and compass and know how to use them
  • Keep your energy levels up – carry food and drink
  • Make sure your mobile is charged – but don’t rely on it for navigation and communication
  • Apply sun cream, wear a sun hat
  • Keep in touch – make sure you carry an appropriate means of calling for help should you need to
  • Know where you’re going – choose a suitable route and allow enough time
  • Check the latest weather and ground conditions before you set off – take advice, only attempt a route if the conditions are within you and your companions’ capabilities
  • Plan your passage – check if there are any hazards or navigational risks that you should avoid
  • Be sure you have a means of calling the coastguard and can indicate where you are to a rescuer should you need to.
  • If it has a kill cord use it!
  • Check the latest weather forecast before settng out to sea or on the river
  • Regularly monitor coastguard maritime safety information broadcasts for updates while at sea
  • Check the anticipated currents and tidal predictions for your trip and make sure they fit with what you’re planning to do
  • Let someone ashore know your plan and make sure they know what to do if they become concerned for your safety
  • Make sure that everyone on board, or in your group, knows where the safety equipment is stowed and how to use it
Know your limits
  • Be honest with yourself about you and your companions’ knowledge, fitness and ability
  • Check the latest weather and ground conditions before you set off -take advice, only attempt a route if the conditions are within you and your companions’ capabilities
  • If the weather or ground conditions are beyond your capabilities, or equipment, consider your options – it’s ok to choose a more suitable route or to turn back
Know how and when to get help
  • If you find someone in trouble, call for help, don’t put yourself at risk
    Inland: In an emergency call 999 – ask for the police and then the Mountain rescue
    Inland waters: In an emergency call 999 – ask for Fire & Rescue Service
    Inland waters: In an emergency call 999 – ask for Fire & Rescue Service
    Sea and coastal area: In an emergency call 999 – ask for the Coastguard
  • Carry a whistle – six short blasts in short succession, repeated at 1 minute intervals is the international distress signal (you can also flash your torch in a similar manner)
Don’t let your dog lead you astray
  • If your dog is chased by cattle remember to release it off the lead
  • If your dog is in difficulty, water or otherwise, call for help, don’t put yourself at risk
    Inland: In an emergency call 999 – ask for the police and then the Mountain rescue
    Inland waters: In an emergency call 999 – ask for Fire & Rescue Service
    Sea and coastal area: In an emergency call 999 – ask for the Coastguard
  • If your dog is in difficulty in the sea call the Coastguard – don’t enter the water after it
Let the experts show you the way
  • If you’re doing something new or going somewhere new why not go with a qualified guide/instructor or sign up for some training
  • Look for well described, promoted routes suitable for your ability – Use with links to National Park Authority websites, described routes
The right gear’s a good idea
  • Know your kit – carry spares and be able to fit them
  • Apply sun cream, wear a sun hat
  • Carry a torch – it’ll save the day if you get caught out by the dark – six short torch flashes in short succession, repeated at 1 minute intervals is an international distress signal
  • Carry a whistle – six short blasts in short succession, repeated at 1 minute intervals is the international distress signal (you can also flash your torch in a similar manner)
  • Stay warm and dry; Wear walking boots, carry insulating layers and waterproofs
  • A fall might break your day – a good helmet and protective clothing might make your day
  • Look after your boat – know how to fix common problems and how to carry out basic maintenance
  • Understand the sources of carbon monoxide poisoning and the risks associated with it. Get Wise, Get Alarmed, Get out
  • Wear the right footwear – proper boating footwear allows you to move around without slipping
  • Register your Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon and/or Personal Locator Beacon – it could speed up your rescue and even save your life
  • Make a habit of clipping on to suitable points around the boat at night, when alone on deck, or in rough conditions
Respect the Water
  • Don’t get cut off by the tides – check tide times
  • Where possible choose a lifeguarded beach and swim between the red and yellow flags
  • If the beach isn’t lifeguarded, know how to spot and avoid a rip current
  • If you are caught in a rip, don’t try to swim against it. If you can, stand wade, don’t swim. If you can’t stand, swim parallel to the shore, raise your hand and shout for help
  • When seas are rough, wave watch from a respectful distance – 15cm of water can knock you off your feet
  • Don’t mix water with alcohol
  • Don’t swim in reservoirs
  • Don’t jump into pools unless you know there are no hazards beneath the water
  • Wear a well-fitted, well-maintained and suitable personal floatation device (lifejacket or buoyancy aid)
  • If wild swimming, wear a high visibility cap and carry a floatation device
Float to Live
  • Cold water shock passes in less than 2 minutes, so relax and float on your back until you can control your breath

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