CANADIAN CANOE AND KAYAKS at LINGMELL
THE OWNER OF LINGMELL ACCEPTS NO LIABILITY WHATSOEVER
for any loss of life or property, personal injury or damage
The kayaks and the canoe (but not the dinghy) are available for use by the guests at Lingmell, provided that they observe the following notice.
The owner of Lingmell belongs to Lake Bank Boat Club which uses Lake Bank Pier across the road from Lingmell. Kayaks and canoes can be launched from there. There is a trolley available if required for transporting the Canadian canoe. Please be careful when crossing the road as it can be busy and it has blind spots. Please leave the boats and equipment in the garage where you found them and report any defective equipment or damage.
Users of the kayaks or the canoe are responsible for the safety of all those in his or her craft. Operation of the kayaks or canoe is solely at the operator's own risk. They must be always under the supervision of a responsible adult who has experience of canoeing.
Users should be strong, experienced swimmers. The drowning rate, in canoeing and kayaking accidents, is higher than in other boats. Think safety first. Don’t overestimate your swimming ability. It is recommended that users be able to sustain themselves fully clothed for ten minutes in deep water; swim two body-lengths underwater at a depth of six feet; and tow a "victim" fifteen feet.
Wind is a powerful factor in kayaking and canoeing. Remember that if you start paddling with the wind, the return will take much more time and effort. Be sure to conserve enough energy for the return leg. Canoes and kayaks are often swamped by rough water on windy days. Prepare for sudden wind and weather changes at any time. Coniston Water is renowned for changes in wind speed and direction.
All persons using a kayak or canoe must wear a buoyancy aid in good serviceable condition and the proper size to fit/support your body. Wear your buoyancy aid at all times and tie in your spare gear. Spray decks should only be worn by experienced kayakers.
Choose your gear carefully. Make sure your kayak and/or canoe are in good condition. Properly dress for the prevailing conditions and include extra clothing and provisions to allow for changes in weather, no matter how nice the day appears.
Enjoy the diverse wildlife, but do not disturb wildlife or natural land features. Do not approach wildlife so closely that it interrupts their natural behaviour. Kayakers and canoeists should limit their paddling to daylight hours.
There is an increased risk of hypothermia during winter months. Kayakers and canoeists who wish to paddle during colder months are strongly encouraged to wear appropriate cold weather gear, eg wet suits or dry suits.
Please do not leave any rubbish on the Pier and respect other users.
Kayakers and canoeists must not operate or ride as a passenger in a canoe or kayak under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Canoeists and kayakers may encounter motorboats. Angle into the wake of a boat to minimize the chance of overturning.
If you are in trouble, stay with your vessel and try to attract the attention of others. If you capsize, DO NOT PANIC and stay with your canoe or kayak – even a swamped vessel will support you.
KNOW YOUR LIMITATIONS: You alone are the best judge of your own physical limitations, the capabilities of your vessel and most importantly, your ability to operate your craft and gear.
Boating on Coniston Water can be very enjoyable and we hope you enjoy it safely too.