The Great British Skinny Dip, [name of beach]
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]
Time of event: [time]
[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).
|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.|
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.