The use of inflatable Canoes, Kayaks and Paddle-Boards is becoming increasingly more popular country wide and the rivers Crouch and Roach are amongst the many interesting and scenic waters to be explored and enjoyed using these type of craft.
As with all types of waterborne activity always consider safety first, take all steps to ensure that you and those accompanying you remember your day out for the right reasons and you remain safe and unharmed.
Below is listed some general information and some more specific data pertinent to the rivers Crouch and Roach which fall under the jurisdiction of the Crouch Harbour Authority.
• Maintain and inspect your craft on every occasion before setting out, inflate it correctly and pack a manual pump.
• Wear suitable clothing for all seasons, including sun protection.
• Check current weather and forecasts, remember conditions can and often change rapidly. If in doubt do not venture afloat.
• Tell someone ashore where you are going and what time you expect to return. If possible take a means of communication with you [mobile phone or VHF radio]
• Wear a personal floatation device or life-jacket with a whistle, a useful means of calling for help.
• Know where you are going, have a map or chart.
• Pay particular attention to the direction of the tide not just when you set off but decide if it is likely to change whilst you are out. Remember the current and velocity is not only different by location but varies considerably during the period between high water and low water.
• KEEP A GOOD LOOKOUT AT ALL TIMES – NEVER ASSUME THAT PERSONS ON ANOTHER VESSEL HAVE SEEN YOU AND WILL STAY CLEAR.
• Be aware of the wash created by other vessels underway in your vicinity.
• It is strongly recommended that you stay close to the shore-line and do not encroach into the shipping fairway and main navigation channel.
• Enjoy the wonderful wildlife our rivers have to offer but do not disturb or intrude unnecessarily into their habitat.