Alvaston Pirates MBC Rules
1 General Rules
The words 'shall' and 'must’ are mandatory and the word 'may' is permissive.
1.1 - The club does not allow the use of Internal combustion Engines in any of its activities particularly on Alvaston Lake.
1.2 - The club and its members have Public Liability Insurance cover to a total of £5m. The cover is valid 24hours a day 365 days a year anywhere in the UK and Europe. Members boats and equipment are not covered. In the case of any incident that could result in a claim being made the member should not admit blame but should immediately (within 24hours) inform the club secretary of the circumstances of the potential claim.
1.3 - Club members must adhere to all club rules for the insurance cover in 1.2 to apply.
1.4 - Members shall conduct themselves in a personable manner at all events directly or indirectly connected with the club and in particular at the Lake.
1.5 - Swearing and other forms of foul, obscene, or profane language are not allowed at any event directly or indirectly with the club.
1.6 - All members must abide by the By-laws appertaining to Alvaston Park at all times.
1.7 - All general rule changes shall be notified to all club members by newsletter prior to the AGM and shall be voted on accordingly by the members at the AGM, The Management Committee are however empowered to impose rule changes with out consultation where these are required to meet conditions laid down by Derby City
Council (DCC) or for general safety reasons.
1.8 - Junior members must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or responsible adult at all times. No exceptions will be permitted.
1.9 - Members are allowed (under the terms of our lease with the DCC) to sail in the RED zone (See map)on the south side of the lake. Sailing outside this zone is not allowed at any time.
1.10 - Members must carry their current membership card (or a valid receipt issued by the Treasurer until their membership card arrives) at all times when sailing and must produce it when requested by a DCC Official.
1.11 - Courtesy shall be given to all other members, water users, DCC Officials and members of the public at all times.
1.12 - Any acts injurious or potentially injurious to the wildlife, fish, flora, fauna or members of the public will not be permitted. Any practice deemed injurious by DCC Officials or members of the club committee will cease immediately.
1.13 - Wherever possible, assistance shall be given to the DCC if requested, with projects directly related to the club for the improvements of facilities at Alvaston Lake.
1.14 - Members are allowed to bring guests along to the water for sailing, guests are allowed to use the water for sailing a maximum of three times, after which the guest must join the club or cease sailing.
1.15 - The erection of gazebo’s is permitted on the flat area on top of the bank adjacent to the launching dock. Gazebo’s must be securely anchored (with wire tent pegs) at each corner using guy ropes. The guy ropes must be clearly flagged as trip hazards. Gazebo’s must be dismantled and removed at the close of the day.
1.16 - Use of the club recovery boat is strictly controlled (see Health & Safety Policy document).
1.17 - The Club Fun Boats must only be made available for the use of children under the age of 18 if they are accompanied by a parent, guardian or responsible adult at all times. No exceptions will be permitted. A club member must supervise the child in the parents presence during the operation of the boats.
2 Lake Side Safety Rules
2.1 - Members of the Management Committee have the right to inspect models being operated on the lake and to advise members on any remedial action deemed necessary.
2.2 - Frequency pennants must always be displayed on the aerials of all non 2.4 GHz transmitters in use.
2.3 - Before switching on a 27MHz or 40MHz transmitter the Skipper must ensure no one at the Lake is operating on the same frequency. If they are he must either change frequency or agree with the other skipper when he can operate. During Regattas a more stringent set of conditions will apply.
2.4 - Other park users are entitled to operate radio transmitters. Notices have been placed at strategic points warning of the possibility of interference. Skippers are advised to approach any non club member using a transmitter to ascertain what frequency they are operating on.
2.5 - Aerial protectors must be fitted to all extendable aerials to prevent eye injuries.
2.6 - Skippers must control their boats whilst maintaining clear line of sight at all times. During all club sailing days skippers must control their boats from the sailing platform.
2.7 - Skippers must not leave live transmitters unattended whilst their boat is on the water and boats must not be left unattended on the water at anytime.
2.8 - General activities must be conducted away from the launching platform so as not to obstruct the view or interfere with the actions of sailing skippers.
2.9 - Skippers should take care when lifting models, especially into and out of the water. They should request help rather than risk injury or falling in the water struggling with a heavy model.
2.10 - All Skippers to ensure that when launching or retrieving boats that transmitter throttles are set on neutral and that hands are kept clear of propellers.
2.11 - When testing a boat on tables or stands, Skippers should check the stern to ensure that nothing is touching,or likely to touch the propellers. They should ensure that other members or members of the public are well clear of the stern and take care to keep fingers and clothing away from propellers whenever the model is
switched on. Always switch on the transmitter first, and switch it off last.
2.12 - If batteries are being charged at the lake side this must be conducted away from the normal sailing area. Batteries on charge must never be left unattended.
2.13 - Boats and or equipment must not be left in positions that could cause a trip hazard.
2.14 - During normal club sailing events it is not permissible to have fast electric boats, slow scale models and or yachts on the lake at the same time. It will be the responsibility of the committee members present to ensure an equitable amount of running time is available to all parties.
2.15 - Fast electric boats must not be operated at speed on the lake closer than 10m from the south bank.
2.16 An incident log will be maintained by the club to record all incidents involving:-
2.16.1 - Launching of the recovery boat, for any reason.
2.16.2 - Collisions between two craft.
2.16.3 - Interference with wild life
2,16.4 - Problems associated with any member of the public.
The log will be maintained by the Committee Member and all incidents must be reported to him in writing by any
member within 24hrs of the incident occurring. The log will be reviewed by the committee at intervals no longer
than quarterly to establish trends and thus take corrective action if necessary.
2 Club Sailing Area
3 Health and Safety Policy Preface
Alvaston Pirates Model Boat Club is not an employer and as such is not required to comply with the Health and Safety at Work Act. However, this statement will ensure that all dealings within the Club’s site at Alvaston Park Lake reflect the spirit of the Act and give advice and guidance to all who use the Lake.
The following items are considered to be possible hazards.
1. Slips, trips and falls
2. Risk of drowning
3. Injury from Propellers
4. Use of recovery boat
5. Eye injury from transmitter aerial
6. Water-borne diseases
Evaluation of Risks
Evaluation is an ongoing process and it is the responsibility of all members to report any possible hazard to the committee for their review and further possible action.
A full Risk Assessment of the clubs sailing area must be completed at least once in every 12-month period and
also prior to any special event.
1. Slips, trips and falls.
Walkways must be clear of debris and/or boats and equipment. Visitors must be made aware of the fact that surfaces can be slippery when wet. All members must wear appropriate non slip footwear.
2. Risk of Drowning.
The lake is in excess of 1.5m deep and slopes off rapidly from the edge. Care should be exercised at all times when launching and retrieving boats.
Members are strongly advised to use lifting straps to launch and retrieve their models. Members and their visitors must be encouraged to stand well clear of the edge particularly when another member s either launching or retrieving a boat.
3. Injury from Propellers
Members must ensure safe practice with regard to rotating propellers particularly around children.
4. Use of the Recovery Boat
4.1 Only the club recovery boat (which is located in the Community building can be used on the lake, no other craft are permitted under our agreement with DCC.
4.2 Only fully trained members are allowed to use the recovery boat. Training will be restricted to members who meet a definite set of criteria.
4.3 The boat must only be used if there are at least 3 senior Members in Attendance (two of whom must have been trained in it’s use).
4.4 The duty Ranger must be informed before using the boat.
4.5 For recovery operations the boat must be manned by 2 persons, one to man the motor/oars, one to conduct the recovery.
4.6. Before boarding the boat both crew members must don the buoyancy vests provided and these must be worn as long as they are on the water.
4.7 Care must be taken on embarking/disembarking from the boat with the third member ensuring that the boat is firmly held against the lake shore until both crew members have embarked/disembarked.
4.8 The boat must be propelled either by the use of the electric motor or by the use of the oars provided.
4.9 If the recovery operation requires egress onto the island the Ranger must be informed and must be present.
4.10 Under no circumstances must members of the public be allowed to use the recovery boat.
4.11 If the recovery boat is used to bring in a boat that is either smoking or exhibiting flames then it must be recovered by the use of a 2m gaff.
4.12 If a boat on fire can’t be safely recovered it must be sunk to extinguish the fire before it gets close to the island.
4.13 After use the boat must be returned to storage.
5. Eye injury
All transmitters in use with telescopic aerials must be fitted with an aerial protector.
6. Water borne diseases
Everyone using the Lake must be made aware of the possibility of water borne diseases such as Weil’s disease.
Hand washing facilities are available at the Park Changing Facilities and anyone eating after handling a boat
should first wash their hands.
7. Safety Steward
At each club event (including normal Sunday meets) one member will be nominated as safety steward and will be responsible for ensuring that the pathway at the launching slip is at all times safely negotiable by members of the public A fluorescent safety jacket must be worn by the nominated steward.
Other Items of Interest
The clubs rules on frequency control must be adhered to at all times (see club rules).
First Aid Kit
A first aid kit is available at the Ranger Station in the Park Changing Facility. Access to the kit will depend on
Ranger availability and members should check this before sailing.
Child Protection Policy
1. The APMBC does not permit any junior member to attend the lake unless accompanied by their parent,
guardian or responsible adult.
2. No APMBC member is allowed to approach any child or vulnerable adult without either the presence of or
express permission of that child’s or vulnerable adults parent, guardian or responsible adult.
3. No photograph of any person under the age of 18 or vulnerable adult may be taken without the permission
of the parent, guardian or responsible adult.
4. Any APMBC member accused of inappropriate behaviour with a child or vulnerable adult will be immediately suspended from the club, the details referred to the relevant authority and that member will not be readmitted
until said authority has investigated the matter. In the event of a conviction the said member will be
expelled from the club. Inappropriate behaviour is classed as:-
4.1 Physical harm of any kind
4.2 Threatening behaviour
4.4 Any form of discrimination due to Race, Cultural differences, Gender, Disability or Sexuality