THINK ABOUT GEAR

The right gear’s a good idea

  • Know where you are going
  • Stay warm and dry
  • Keep your energy levels up
  • Make sure your mobile is charged
  • Know how and when to get help
  • Respect the water
  • Know and look after your kit
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Know where you are going

Choose a suitable route and allow enough time

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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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Keep your energy levels up

Carry food and drink

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Make sure your mobile is charged...

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

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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

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)
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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 and look after your kit

Carry spares and be able to fit them

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