Equipment for Hire
SUMMER NOTICE - PRESENCE OF BLUE GREEN ALGAE
From time to time Maidenhead Sailing Club, as many freshwater lakes, suffers periodic outbreaks of blue green algae on our lake. Due to the recent heatwave, late June 2022, the Environmental Agency have now confirmed that we have a current outbreak.
USE OF THE LAKE
At this stage we are monitoring the situation and the GPC and SC have decided to give members the choice as to whether to use the water. Attached is a Risk Statement that will be posted at each entry point of the lake, this is advising you that if you launch your boat, paddleboard, kayak you are accepting the risk responsibility.
However, we also ask that you follow the below rules if you wish to do this;
If you enter the water for any reason take a shower and thoroughly wash all clothing as soon as is possible.
Once you come off the water please wash your equipment down, to ensure that the bacteria is washed off
Final please make sure you wash your hands before eating or contacting anyone/anything else
Current guidance from the RYA lists the risk levels as;
Swimmers, paddlers, children playing at the water's edge, dogs and other animals
Windsurfers, who might enter the water or be blown into areas of algal bloom, generally less competent water users
Dinghy sailors, canoeists (we read Paddlers of all varieties) or windsurfers competent for the prevailing conditions
Other boat users or fishermen fishing from a boat or pontoon
Members can book equipment for hire using our booking platform.
Buoyancy aids are provided by the club, and available in a large range of sizes. Helmets are available for children.
If you have any queries, please contact us here
Terms and Conditions
Equipment hire is available for Maidenhead Sailing Club Members only. It is subject to the hirer's ability and the weather conditions of the day. The hirer should have at least RYA Start Sailing Level 1 / RYA Youth Sailing Scheme Stage 2 or equivalent experience.
Buoyancy aids or lifejackets must be worn at all times when on the water in any boat, kayak or canoe, or pontoons. Helmets must be worn by children under 10 years old.
Experienced paddleboarders aged over 16 years may choose not to wear a buoyancy aid or lifejacket, provided they wear a leash at all times.
All club boats are covered by the Club's Third Party Insurance. If you have an issue whilst using hired equipment, please contact the club officers to understand how to proceed.
Maidenhead Sailing Club is a volunteer-run centre and participants should expect to have to rig and put away their equipment afterwards during the equipment hire time window. If you need help finding the equipment or rigging, one of the facilitators or volunteers of the day will be happy to help. If someone else is using the same boat straight after you, it is not required for you to put it away, but please make sure that the next person is aware that they will be responsible for putting it away.