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  1. #1
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    Default The importance of water safety

    I was skyping with my grandsons the other day when the elder one, 8, told me they were doing Water Safety at school.

    Coincidence?

    Because the weekend before, a friend and I had been fishing the River Swale above Richmond. Now I never venture into a river, (or onto a lake in my float tube), without a buoyancy aid, ever. And never, in all my fishing years have I needed it. I always use a wading staff too for added balance and security. So when I stepped backwards, caught a large underwater rock, and fell straight over backwards I was rather glad I did. The bang from the CO2 canister as the auto unit activated was rather loud and my neck was instantly surrounded by a bright yellow doughnut.










    So I was able to give my grandson a classic and practical example of Water Safety.

    It also brought home to me the advantage of an auto inflater for fishing as I had my wading staff in one hand and rod in the other - and didn't need to let go of either to right myself and climb out. Shipped a little water into my waders, but things could have been a whole lot worse.
    Best Regards

    Peter

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    Default Re: The importance of water safety

    Thanks for the reminder.
    I've got one but don't always wear it. Just shows, it only takes a second for things to go wrong.
    Glad you were ok.
    Only when the last tree has been cut down, the last fish caught and the last river poisoned, will we realise, we cannot eat money.

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    Default Re: The importance of water safety

    Whilst on the subject of safety I think that it is high time that some of the fishing press set a better example to their readers.

    I picked up a copy of one of the magazines today and the first thing that I noticed on the cover of the supplement is a picture of 2 anglers in a boat one of whom has no eye protection

    When I used to do a lot of clay pigeon shooting the rule was that no one was allowed within the vicinity of a shooting stand unless they were wearing eye and ear protection. As a qualified referee I had many arguments with shooters and bystanders who didn't want to abide by the rules, there was only ever one outcome though, Shooting stopped until they did comply. I could actually have been held responsible if any one had been injured.

    You only get one chance with your eyesight so why risk it by not complying with a rule or recommendation that is there to protect you.

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    Default Re: The importance of water safety

    Unfortunately a very common sight to see anglers with no eye protection (no pun intended).
    Thats one safety aspect I always stick to. I keep spare eyewear in the van in case I ever forget my main pair.
    Only when the last tree has been cut down, the last fish caught and the last river poisoned, will we realise, we cannot eat money.

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