Originally Posted by Channel Ribs
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?
Swansea Coastguard Watch Manager Will Parfait said:
“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.