Droitwich Spa Model Boat Club Safety Rules
December 2017

     The payment of your membership fee confirms your willingness to accept and observe these rules.

1.    Any type of model boat may be sailed at our regular club venues (County Hall and Lakeside) with the exception of those powered by internal combustion engines (which are prohibited by local bye-laws) and by rocket or jet engines (which are prohibited by our insurers).

2.   Boats must be sailed at all times with due regard for personal safety and for the safety of other members’ boats.
At County Hall: Between the times of 10.00-10.15 and 11.00-11.15 operators have the priority to exercise their electric boats at speed and other boats must give them space to have their runs. At all other times electric boats must temper their speed in line with the number and type of boats on the pool. At
Lakeside: Fast electrics may be used at any time but in a separate part of the lake well away from the rest of the fleet. The area is to be designated on the day by a committee member and will be dependent on the prevailing conditions of wind, water, number and type of boats.  Pre arranged club events such as the Plank Race will have priority.

3.   ‘Free running’ boats may be sailed only when there are no other boats on the water.

4.   Owners of large boats are required to provide adequate and safe means of launching and retrieving them e.g. by means of trolleys, frames, belt loops etc.  When launching boats from the floating pontoon/jetty at Lakeside members must wear an approved life jacket or buoyancy aid (these are available from the activity centre).
This also applies when members are in the water launching or retrieving boats.

5.   Most members use 2.4 GHz radio gear, but the use of 40 MHz or 27 MHz gear is also permitted. 
A peg-board is usually provided for 40 MHz and 27 MHz users. Please attach a peg with your name on it to the appropriate place on the board before you switch on, and remove it when you switch off. At sites without a frequency peg-board, check with other operators that your frequency is clear before switching on your transmitter.

6.   All telescopic transmitter aerials must have some sort of eye protection on their ends.  A plastic ‘practice’ golf ball or a sphere of foam rubber is ideal for this purpose. 

7.   Every care must be taken to avoid our activities inconveniencing members of the public. In particular, don’t obstruct pedestrian routes with models, tool boxes, launching trolleys, unattended chairs etc.  At all times be polite to members of the public and responsive to any reasonable request from them.

8.   Keep your boat away from wildlife; its right to be on the water is much greater than yours.

9.   You are advised not to sail on your own; a minimum of two people should be present. In this way, if someone gets into difficulty (for example, they might be taken ill or might fall into the water while launching or retrieving a boat) there will be someone present to offer or summon help.  Note that when sailing at Lakeside our agreement with Worcester University stipulates that a minimum of 2 people must be present.

10. Don’t take chances when attempting to retrieve a stranded boat.  Summon help from others; a rescue boat, line or telescopic pole may be available.  Your boat may be valuable but it is worthless compared with your life.

11. Security is an increasingly important issue for our site owners, so always wear your club badge in a clearly visible way, and ensure that your car has a DSMBC car sticker clearly displayed on its windscreen.  Lost badges will be replaced on request.

12. The flying of model aircraft is not an activity consistent with the aims of the club as described in the club constitution. Therefore the flying of model aircraft is not an activity supported in any way by the club at club sailing events or venues.

13. If you observe any club member failing to comply with any of the above rules, you have an obligation to bring non-compliance to their attention.  Please do this in a friendly and supportive way.  If non-compliance continues please notify any committee member.

              The payment of your membership fee confirms your willingness to accept and observe these rules.