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Old 31 August 2011, 05:05   #11
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Interesting to see the CG advising coast walkers to carry a VHF, I was not aware of that view before now.

Not that I am in any way suggesting that carrying a VHF when doing stuff like that is a bad idea, just that it is the first time I have seen it recommended.

Will this spawn a new coastal activities radio course perhaps? AFAIK the RYA are the only organisation in the UK who can issue a leisure SRC?

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“Anyone heading out onto the coast, especially those involved in an activity such as coasteering where there are associated dangers, should always carry with them a means of raising the alarm, whether it be a mobile phone, VHF radio, or handheld flares."
Coasteering is not the same as walking. I think of it more like Gorge walking in the sea. It usually involves scrambling, climbing and getting wet. Normal kit would include a bouyancy aid, a wetsuit and a climbing or canoe type helmet.

Given the risk that someone falls/slips and hurts themselves (say a broken ankle) I'd have thought means of calling for help was an obvious part of the instructors kit, along with a basic first aid kit etc.

Sea Kayakers are encouraged to take a VHF but aren't a sport which is "managed" by the RYA.
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Good point ,i was in the understanding that using a marine v.h.f. on land was taken with a dim view .
When the tide comes in, it's Marine!

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I think using one on land in a "distress situation" is very unlikely to get you in any bother.
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I think using one on land in a "distress situation" is very unlikely to get you in any bother.
I can think of examples where a boaty has called in a mayday relay from home and been praised for being able to liaise directly with LB crews as they arrive on scene. But it is still a first, for me, to see the Coasties promoting the use of marine VHF for marginal activities.

A good thing I would say, just to be clear. And so I wonder if there ought to be an organisation that can promote and provide a suitable SRC course, including sea kayakers as you point out.
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