Lihou - Beach Swimming

Reference
Created
Created By
Date Last Reviewed
Last Reviewed By
Next Review Date
064
14/07/2008
Richard Curtis
31/01/2017
Richard Curtis
31/01/2018
Reference
064
Created
14/07/2008
Created By
Richard Curtis
Date Last Reviewed
31/01/2017
Last Reviewed By
Richard Curtis
Next Review Date
31/01/2018

IMPORTANT: Any water activity on Lihou Island is to be supervised directly by a qualified and experienced person holding a suitable lifesaving qualification (RLSS ERAS or higher) with additional support from other non water based staff due to the remote nature of the venue.

What is the risk
Who Might be Harmed and How
Level of Risk
Control Measures Implemented
Remaining Risk After Controls
Tidal Currents and Swell
All participating person
High
  • Swimming only undertaken off the beaches immediately in front of the house on the south side of the island and not over the causeway area
  • Tide times closely observed
  • High water swimming only
  • Water side observer watching the open sea for erratic swell
  • Throw line immediately accessible to all
Low
Open water
All participating and supervising persons
Medium
  • Boundaries pointed out and enforced
  • Clear visual and audible signals for use in the control of swimmers
  • Clear positioning of person in charge of session observing with no blind spots
  • Consideration should be given to the use of additional persons to help monitor swimmers
  • Throw lines immediately to hand
Low
Hidden underwater rocks
All participating and supervising persons
Medium
  • No jumping permitted
  • No diving permitted
  • Swimming at high water only is recommended
  • Beaches monitored for new hazards regularly
Low
Cold water
All participating and supervising persons
Low
  • Warm clothes on the beach adjacent to the water
  • Towel close to hand
  • Access to Lihou house for warming and hot drinks etc
  • First aiders aware of the signs of hypothermia and the subsequent treatment
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
Marine Mammals
All participants
Low
  • Seals are reasonably common off the beaches of Lihou, swimmers should avoid swimming in areas obviously occupied by a seal
Very Low
What is the risk
Tidal Currents and Swell
Who Might be Harmed and How
All participating person
Level of Risk
High
Control Measures Implemented
  • Swimming only undertaken off the beaches immediately in front of the house on the south side of the island and not over the causeway area
  • Tide times closely observed
  • High water swimming only
  • Water side observer watching the open sea for erratic swell
  • Throw line immediately accessible to all
Remaining Risk After Controls
Low
What is the risk
Open water
Who Might be Harmed and How
All participating and supervising persons
Level of Risk
Medium
Control Measures Implemented
  • Boundaries pointed out and enforced
  • Clear visual and audible signals for use in the control of swimmers
  • Clear positioning of person in charge of session observing with no blind spots
  • Consideration should be given to the use of additional persons to help monitor swimmers
  • Throw lines immediately to hand
Remaining Risk After Controls
Low
What is the risk
Hidden underwater rocks
Who Might be Harmed and How
All participating and supervising persons
Level of Risk
Medium
Control Measures Implemented
  • No jumping permitted
  • No diving permitted
  • Swimming at high water only is recommended
  • Beaches monitored for new hazards regularly
Remaining Risk After Controls
Low
What is the risk
Cold water
Who Might be Harmed and How
All participating and supervising persons
Level of Risk
Low
Control Measures Implemented
  • Warm clothes on the beach adjacent to the water
  • Towel close to hand
  • Access to Lihou house for warming and hot drinks etc
  • First aiders aware of the signs of hypothermia and the subsequent treatment
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
What is the risk
Marine Mammals
Who Might be Harmed and How
All participants
Level of Risk
Low
Control Measures Implemented
  • Seals are reasonably common off the beaches of Lihou, swimmers should avoid swimming in areas obviously occupied by a seal
Remaining Risk After Controls
Very 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