Beach Event Risk Assessment Form

The Great British Skinny Dip, [name of beach]

Risk Assessment

 

Name of beach: [name of beach]

Location: [lat & long or grid reference]

 

Access point for emergency services: [describe how to access the location]

 

Date of event: [date]

Date of risk assessment: [date]

Assessment conducted by: [name of person undertaking risk assessment]

Event organiser: [name of organiser]

 

Tides [name of nearest port]

LW [time]

HW [time]

LW [time]

 

Time of event: [time]

 

Weather forecast:

[local forecast, as near to date of event as possible]

 

Police / Coastguard: 999 for emergencies, Local police station for non-emergencies: [telephone number] or call 101.

Marine animal strandings:

DEAD stranded marine animal 01463 243030 or 07979 245893.

Rescue for LIVE strandings can be called 24 hours a day through: British Divers Marine Life Rescue (01825 765546).

www.strandings.org

 

 

Hazard Control / mitigation
Road traffic collision Exercise care when arriving & leaving, especially in the vicinity of moving & parking vehicles.
Slips & trips Avoid climbing on rocks, wet seaweed. The skinny dip is confined to the sandy/pebble shore.
Injuries to feet Wear suitable footwear. Be aware of risk of cuts from broken glass, shells, stones.
Sunburn Use sunscreen, hat, sunglasses as appropriate.
Hypothermia / exposure Wear protective clothing appropriate for the weather conditions as necessary. This is a clothing-optional event. Be aware of the risk of hypothermia & cold water shock.
Ingestion of contaminants from litter / waste / excrement / dead animals Apply hand cleanser / disinfectant before eating & drinking.
Injury from unexploded ordnance / marine flares Do not touch. Inform organiser of any ordnance or unrecognisable object. Clear area of people, mark location and inform Coastguard.
Injury from dog & seal bite Avoid contact with dogs. Do not approach seals. Inform organiser if bitten. First aid will be rendered and casualty dispatched to local hospital Emergency Department for assessment.
Injury from farm animals [Describe if appropriate]
Stings from jellyfish, lesser weever fish & other marine animals Avoid contact with jellyfish. Wear suitable footwear when paddling.
Stranding by tide Briefing to include state of tide and any local factors. Children to be kept in sight at all times.
Tidal currents [Description of local tidal currents].  If caught in a current, swim parallel to the shore until able to return to land.
Underwater hazards [Description of known local underwater hazards]. There is a considerable risk of spinal injury when diving into shallow water. The best advice is not to plunge dive from rocks.

 

Notes:

The organiser will carry a mobile telephone for contacting emergency services (note if mobile signal is patchy or absent in the area).

A first aid kit and first aider will be present.

Under-16s to be supervised at all times by a parent / guardian. No unaccompanied under 16s will be allowed to participate. Standard BN child and vulnerable adult safeguarding policy will be followed.

The local police are aware of the event.

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