The Paddlers’ Code
Paddlesport etiquette, to show respect to other paddlers and other water users.
On the water:
• follow the general rules of navigation, local bye-laws, waterway authority notices
• respect and do not obstruct other water users
• take early proactive action to avoid collision or risk of collision
• keep the numbers in your group… impact on surroundings
• show consideration to other water users
• follow etiquette appropriate to the situation.
In respect of anglers:
• look out for anglers
• co-operate to avoid lines, nets and swims
• if it is unclear where to pass, quietly attract the attention of the angler and agree a route
• when an angler is playing a fish, stop some way off and await acknowledgement to proceed
• do not linger in pools or swims occupied by an angler
• stay away from houses and private gardens
• change discreetly
• drive sensibly
• park considerately
• ensure your kit does not cause obstruction when loading
• leave gates and property as you find them
• avoid damage to fences and walls
• never miss an opportunity to use a public toilet; if you need to ‘go’ in the outdoors, do so discreetly and without risk of pollution or distress to other people.