Code of Conduct for Manually-Propelled Craft on the Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation
Care for Wildlife
- Avoid disturbing nesting birds along the river banks, particularly in spring time.
- Avoid damaging beds of waterweed.
- Stop your activity if you are clearly disturbing any wildlife.
- Use the river in a safe fashion and ensure that you have the appropriate safety equipment.
- Ensure that any groups of young novice boaters are led by suitably experienced responsible persons, with an appropriate number of qualified instructors.
- Don’t drink alcohol during and just prior to your trip on the river.
- Follow instructions given to you by your craft provider and / or group leader.
- Obey the general rules of navigation and any local bylaws.
- Avoid crossing the bows of oncoming craft of any kind, at close quarters.
- In particular remember that larger craft are less maneuverable and cannot use such shallow waters as small craft.
- Give precedence to those engaged in organized activities and have regard to any instructions given by officials
- Hail to draw a person’s attention to a situation which might result in inconvenience, damage or collision. Please treat, and apply, a hail as a friendly warning and not an insult.
- If you trail a line for safety, remember it could get caught in another craft’s propeller. Fit a highly visible float or buoy to the trailing end.
- Avoid ingesting river or canal water and cover open cuts or sores. If you have flu-like symptoms within a few days of using the waterway tell your doctor and mention the possibility of Weill’s Disease.
Help Keep a Healthy River
- Take your rubbish away with you.
- Avoid damage to banks, the riverbed and bankside vegetation - this can lead to erosion. You can help by only launching and landing at purpose made launch points.
- In particular avoid dragging craft and equipment over, or stepping onto, the edges of soft banks.
Be Fishing Friendly
- Pass anglers with as little noise and disturbance as possible and avoid loitering in pools if anyone is fishing.
- Keep away from banks being fished, and from fishing tackle.
- Comply with reasonable directional requests.
Consider Other People
- Avoid colliding with moored or moving craft.
- Park sensibly without causing obstruction, do not block gateways or load and unload vehicles in awkward places.
- Get changed out of public view.
- Whenever possible come ashore at recognized landing places; do not trespass on private property or moorings.
- Inexperience boaters should avoid mooring areas until they have full control of their craft.
- Always carry a valid licence, and where provided display a licence sticker on your craft.