Behind the Boat Rules

Behind the Boat Rules:

Please makesure you arrive 20 minutes before your session. Please come to the reception/clubhouse for a member of staff to check you in and point you in the right direction. All behind the boat sessions run back to back within 15 minute time windows, so makesure you’re on the dock 5 minutes before your session starts, with equipment ready to go.

If you arrive late for your session, unfortunately, you will have less time on behind the boat, its your responsibility to get to us on time. Please allow plenty of time to travel safely. No refunds are given.

  • You must be able to swim 50m.
  • Minimum age 6 years old.
  • We ask all clients to be ready on the dock, with kit on, 5 minutes before each session.
  • You must not have any medical condition that may impact your ability to safely partake in this activity. If you are unsure seek the advice of a GP.
  • Please ensure you understand our safety rules & read/sign our watersports indemnity form, available online – also available on site before taking part in this activity.
  • Before each session make sure you check in at the Dams Watersports Clubhouse Reception.
  • For ringo rides – buoyancy aids and helmets are mandatory (provided by DAMS Watersports).
  • For other boat activities – buoyancy aids are mandatory.
  • No jumping in, nor swimming around the dock at any time whilst boats are operating.
  • You must enter and exit the water at the designated points.
  • In the event you get into difficulty during the session, you must roll on to your back and signal by raising an arm in the air to alert the coach.
  • In the event of a thunderstorm, failing light, fog or high winds a member of staff/coach may decide to end a session. If you are asked to exit the lake then please do so immediately.
  • Be aware of Swans as they can attack defending their nest, young and territory.
  • Be aware of swimmer’s itch that can occur in natural lakes – swimmer’s itch is most common in warm freshwater lakes and ponds.
  • You must acknowledge the risks associated with outdoor activities in open water, that the lake is a natural environment. Lake banks/steps may be slippery, there may be sharp stones and shells underfoot. There are various buoys and ropes within the water which must be avoided. If you do not feel comfortable with these hazards then you should not take part in the activities in an open water environment.