Unlike other clubs in the region who use inland waters, we are allowed to sail without the provision of rescue cover. Members sailing in these circumstances must therefore ensure that they and their boats are capable of coping with the prevailing conditions and that they comply with the club and water authority rules.
There is no rescue service.
Kielder Water Club Code
Read and comply with the Northumbrian Water Rules & Regulations. See the notice board in the club house.
Do observe the rules of good seamanship. Observe the rules of "right of way". Keep a good lookout – see and be seen. Help anyone in distress, however inconvenient to you. Watch for weather changes.
Do not put others into danger. Keep well clear of small boats. Some sailboarders spend a lot of time in the water, where they may be almost invisible. Keep clear
Do not be foolhardy. Have some thought for others who may have to rescue YOU if you get into difficulties. There is NO official rescue service on Kielder Water, but there is an unofficial one – it consists of YOU, the Club Members and all other users of the lake who look out for each other.
Observe the rules of personal floatation devices, wet suits and clothing. Hypothermia can kill.
Stay with your boat if you get into difficulties. It is surprisingly difficult to swim in rough water and you will not be seen if you try to swim to the shore. The boat will drift to the shore.
Adults are always responsible for their own children. No one under 16 is allowed to be in sole charge of a boat on the water unless supervised. No one under 16 is allowed to be on Patrol, or to drive a motor boat.
Always sign on and off the water. There is a board to use for this on the back of the main clubhouse door for cruising sailors. Racers 'sign on' on the race entry sheet and 'sign off' on the declaration sheet. Trainees are signed on and of by the Course Instructors. This is so that Emergency Services will be able to account for everybody if a situation should occur. It is in your interests to comply.
Buoyancy Aids Buoyancy Aids must be worn while on the water and on the jetty. Wetsuits or drysuits must be worn before April and after September but do not count as buoyancy aids. REMEMBER, Kielder is a very deep and cold lake and it remains cold throughout the year. Swimming is not allowed.
Hours Sailing is allowed only in the daylight hours.
Launching When launching leave trailers at the edges of the concrete where it will not inconvenience other members. Keep the slipway clear.
Jetty - Do not leave dinghies tied up to the jetty, as the patrol boats and keel boats need the space. There is plenty of good foreshore on which to beach them and they will be less likely to suffer damage.
Wear a buoyancy aid to go on the jetty. Do not allow children to play on the jetty.
Retrieving When retrieving boats from the water by car DO NOT use tow ropes to pull the boat up the whole slipway. Once the trailer is clear of the water, hitch the trailer to the car before proceeding.
Safety All boats must carry a towing line or long painter fixed to the boat and have adequate means of bailing. Make sure you have read the NW Rules & Regulations section relating to your craft.
Ferry All craft shall keep clear of the Kielder Water Ferry and associated jetties and landing places. The ferry shall be regarded as a vessel restricted in her ability to manoeuvre.
Prohibited and Restricted Areas (See map in clubhouse)
The Dam. There are white diamond marks on the north and south shore; do not cross this transit line. The valve tower is in this area.
The Little Whickhope Water Ski bay. There are white diamond marks on the west and east shore; do not cross this transit line. The buoys of the slalom courses are fixed to an underwater mooring system which can be damaged by propellers and deep keels.
Whickhope Moorings. Do not sail between the moorings at any time.
Leaplish to Bull Crag bay: Water ski area with slalom buoys.
Plashetts to Quarry bay: Occasionally restricted to water skiers only. When ski boats are operating all other craft must keep out of the area.
Quarry spit: Beware the long slip of land extending from the quarry which creates a low water area.
Patrol Boats These boats are not pleasure craft, they are on the water for a specific purpose. Whilst on duty each boat should be crewed by two people over the age of 16 years who have been trained in the handling of the boat and how to effect a rescue. One or both of the crew should be suitably dressed and be prepared to enter the water to give assistance if required.
Each of the patrol boats is equipped with a First Aid Kit, Survival Bags, Flares and a basic Tool Kit, this is emergency equipment and should not be removed from the boats. Do not disturb the peace with excessive noise or wash.
The cub runs Safety Boat Techniques sessions and RYA Power Boat Level 2 courses so that members can acquire the necessary skills.
Club boats. The club boats are Wayfarers, Comets, Fevas, Toppers and Optimists. These are primarily for use during training but can be used by members when available. A contribution to club funds is required for the use of the Wayfarers, Comets and Fevas. The Toppers and Oppies are free.
The log books MUST be filled in and payment made to the training team or at the Galley. Full details are at the clubhouse.