Generic - Coasteering

Reference
Created
Created By
Date Last Reviewed
Last Reviewed By
Next Review Date
060
01/07/2008
Richard Curtis
31/01/2017
Richard Curtis
31/01/2018
Reference
060
Created
01/07/2008
Created By
Richard Curtis
Date Last Reviewed
31/01/2017
Last Reviewed By
Richard Curtis
Next Review Date
31/01/2018

IMPORTANT: Any rock based activity on Lihou Island or Guernsey is to be supervised directly by a qualified and experienced British Mountaineering Council (BMC) Single Pitch Award (SPA) holder or higher (MIA & MIC) due to the remote nature of the venue on Lihou.

What is the risk
Who Might be Harmed and How
Level of Risk
Control Measures Implemented
Remaining Risk After Controls
Falls
All participating person
High
  • Routes selected to avoid precipitous and high risk (appropriate to the groups abilities) scrambling
  • Suitable footwear and not wetsuit boots used by all
  • Helmets worn by all participants and staff
  • Height above water limited to appropriate levels for the groups abilities
Medium to Low
Tidal Currents and Swell
All participating and supervising persons
High
  • Coasteering is to be done in accordance with the timings specified in the associated site specific NOPs so as to avoid excessive tidal streams and swell
  • Swell over the low water period is normally not significant but during periods of excessive swell coasteering must not take place
  • The main site for coasteering on Lihoumel is cut off from Lihou for two hours either side of high water – It is important to pay close attention to the tide times
Medium to Low
Slippery rock
All participating and supervising persons
Medium
  • Appropriate footwear to be worn
  • Helmets worn at all times
  • Full leg and arm protection as well as a buoyancy aid worn to protect body
  • Instructions given for the safe passage over such terrain
Low
Loose rocks
All participating and supervising persons
Medium
  • Helmets worn during any coasteering session
  • Traversing under overhanging or areas of loose rock avoided
  • Coasteering route continually and dynamically assessed
Low
Equipment
All participating and supervising persons
Medium
  • All participants to be inspected for the correct fitting of helmets, buoyancy aids and wetsuits prior to the activity and periodically during the activity
  • Throw line, first aid kit and group shelter carried
  • Flares to be carried
Low
Injury caused by any of the above
All participating and supervising persons
Medium
  • First aider present during activity and in known location/RV point
  • First aid kit situated in the house
  • Eye wash in the house
  • Defibrillator situated in the house
  • Emergency services trained and familiar with the house and island and familiar with both high and low water evacuation should it be required
Low
What is the risk
Falls
Who Might be Harmed and How
All participating person
Level of Risk
High
Control Measures Implemented
  • Routes selected to avoid precipitous and high risk (appropriate to the groups abilities) scrambling
  • Suitable footwear and not wetsuit boots used by all
  • Helmets worn by all participants and staff
  • Height above water limited to appropriate levels for the groups abilities
Remaining Risk After Controls
Medium to Low
What is the risk
Tidal Currents and Swell
Who Might be Harmed and How
All participating and supervising persons
Level of Risk
High
Control Measures Implemented
  • Coasteering is to be done in accordance with the timings specified in the associated site specific NOPs so as to avoid excessive tidal streams and swell
  • Swell over the low water period is normally not significant but during periods of excessive swell coasteering must not take place
  • The main site for coasteering on Lihoumel is cut off from Lihou for two hours either side of high water – It is important to pay close attention to the tide times
Remaining Risk After Controls
Medium to Low
What is the risk
Slippery rock
Who Might be Harmed and How
All participating and supervising persons
Level of Risk
Medium
Control Measures Implemented
  • Appropriate footwear to be worn
  • Helmets worn at all times
  • Full leg and arm protection as well as a buoyancy aid worn to protect body
  • Instructions given for the safe passage over such terrain
Remaining Risk After Controls
Low
What is the risk
Loose rocks
Who Might be Harmed and How
All participating and supervising persons
Level of Risk
Medium
Control Measures Implemented
  • Helmets worn during any coasteering session
  • Traversing under overhanging or areas of loose rock avoided
  • Coasteering route continually and dynamically assessed
Remaining Risk After Controls
Low
What is the risk
Equipment
Who Might be Harmed and How
All participating and supervising persons
Level of Risk
Medium
Control Measures Implemented
  • All participants to be inspected for the correct fitting of helmets, buoyancy aids and wetsuits prior to the activity and periodically during the activity
  • Throw line, first aid kit and group shelter carried
  • Flares to be carried
Remaining Risk After Controls
Low
What is the risk
Injury caused by any of the above
Who Might be Harmed and How
All participating and supervising persons
Level of Risk
Medium
Control Measures Implemented
  • First aider present during activity and in known location/RV point
  • First aid kit situated in the house
  • Eye wash in the house
  • Defibrillator situated in the house
  • Emergency services trained and familiar with the house and island and familiar with both high and low water evacuation should it be required
Remaining Risk After Controls
Low

The risk assessment is a general risk assessment for Lihou Island. It is not exhaustive and should be used in conjunction with a risk assessment written by the user group, making note of any special needs or issues that are specific to that group.

For further information or to comment, please contact the warden on: email – lct@cwgsy.net or call Mobile – 07781 120421 or Answer phone 266294