Bray Lake Terms and Conditions
The following terms and conditions are divided into:
i. General Terms and Conditions, to which everyone making use of the facilities operated by London Sailboards (Bray Lake) Ltd (Trading as Bray Lake Watersports) ("Bray Lake Watersports") at Bray Lake must agree to; and
ii. Terms and Conditions relevant to specific activities at Bray Lake, including bookings for courses/tuition/equipment hire, general membership, swimming, fishing and associated activities on or around Bray Lake, for which customers partaking in that activity or activities must agree to.
Anyone using Bray Lake, adjacent waters or river must complete either a user agreement or join as a member before using the water. Customers, FOB’s and Members details will be stored securely and solely for Bray Lake Watersports, in compliance with all relevant Data Protection legislation.
General Terms and Conditions
- Customers are reminded that water sports participation and open water swimming involves an element of risk and all customers agree to partake in their chosen activity or activities at Bray Lake at their own risk.
- Bray Lake is a busy site and there are potentially many hazards, natural and manmade, so please ensure any young people are closely supervised and kept away from equipment and storage facilities. Running around the site is not recommended.
- Customers should be in good health, confident in the water and fit for their chosen activities.
- By signing up, to a course, for hire, for a swim session, to launch your own equipment, or becoming a Friend of Bray Lake or member, you are confirming that you have read and agree to be bound by these terms and conditions, exclusion clause and declaration.
- Any person suspected to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs and deemed to be unfit will be refused permission to take part in any activity or use any equipment or craft on the lake and shall not be entitled to a refund.
- Novice sailors, windsurfers and closed cockpit kayakers are not allowed to use the Lake except as part of a beginner course run by Bray Lake Watersports or its affiliated partners.
- All participants (except open water swimmers taking part in organised swim sessions) must wear suitable buoyancy aids while afloat. Adult Windsurfers who are competent in the use of a harness may wear a harness instead of a buoyancy aid but do so at their own risk. Adult SUP Boarders who are competent may choose not to wear a buoyancy aid provided they wear a suitable leash connecting them to their board.
- Under 16’s must wear buoyancy aids unless prior agreement has been given by Bray Lake Watersports.
- You are required to notify Bray Lake Watersports of any medical conditions that may impede your participation in activities at the Lake. In particular, you should declare whether you suffer from EPILEPSY, ASTHMA, DIABETES, ANGINA or other HEART complaints as well as any contagious condition that may affect others such as Impetigo. If you or anyone associated with you is suffering from any of these or other conditions it does not necessarily restrict participation, but we may require further information before you are permitted to participate in activities at Bray Lake. It is also imperative that we are made aware of any severe allergies which may cause an anaphylactic reaction including food allergies, insect bites or stings, or allergy to medication etc.
- Insurance against personal injury, accident or loss whilst on-site, using the lake, undertaking a course, hiring/using any of our equipment or using your own equipment is the responsibility of the customer. The Lake owners and operators will accept no liability for such injury, accident, damage or loss excepting liability for death or personal injury resulting from negligence attributable to, and fault of, the lake owners and or operators.
- Bray Lake takes no responsibility for damage to, or theft of, vehicles, personal equipment or valuables bought on site.
- Use of the Lake for commercial activities or tuition is not permitted unless by prior arrangement with Bray Lake Watersports.
- Swimming is not allowed in the Lake unless part of an organised swim or during the normal use of water sports equipment.
- Use of your own craft is only permitted through either membership and launch ticket or by paying for a Daily Launch Ticket.
- Non-Bray Lake card holders launching equipment or those hiring equipment must record their time ‘On Water’ and their time ‘Off Water’.
- No unauthorised BBQ’s or open fires are allowed on site.
- Dogs must be kept on leads from Fuel Store up to Bungee Slipway and inside the club house and owners must responsibly clean up after their dogs.
- At times, you may be asked to come off the water, for instance, during heavy storms, thunder and lightning. For your safety please make sure you comply swiftly with the directions of Bray Lake Watersports staff.
- When driving along the road to access Bray Lake, please drive responsibly and be considerate of other road users and pedestrians. Please park responsibly and considerately of other users.
- Lake users are respectfully reminded that they share the Lake with a fishing club and should avoid areas being used by anglers whenever possible.
- All visitors to the Lake are expected to take all their litter home with them.
- Landing on the island or going under the bridges located on the south east and west shore is not permitted without specific permission.
- Any infringement of these terms and conditions may result in you being asked to leave the site.
- By signing up to a course, for hire, swim session, launching your own equipment, becoming a Friend of Bray Lake or member, you agree that the landlords, Summerleaze Gravel Company, London Sailboards (Bray Lake) Ltd., their servants, agents, licensees and any other person authorised to use their land for any purpose whatsoever or performing duties or tasks on their behalf or for themselves shall be under no liability whatsoever, excepting liability for death or personal injury resulting from negligence attributed to and fault of either Summerleaze Gravel Company or London Sailboards (Bray Lake) Ltd., for loss however caused to any chattel or property of yours on or under Bray Lake or surrounding land or other premises of Summerleaze Gravel Company or London Sailboards (Bray Lake) Ltd.
Hire, Demo and Own Craft launch
- Customers hiring or launching windsurf equipment, dinghy sailing boats or enclosed cockpit kayaks must be competent in the use of the equipment, and in the conditions, they are using it in. Competency for each sport is detailed below.
- Windsurfer - Windsurfers must be competent to a minimum level of RYA Start Windsurf or RYA Youth Stage 2. They must be able to launch, sail away from the shore, sail upwind and return to shore from where they left.
- Enclosed Cockpit Kayak - Kayakers must be competent to a minimum level of BC 1 star or BC Paddle Award Discover. They must know how to launch and land the craft, basic control and steering and what to do in the event of a capsize.
- Dinghy Sailing - Dinghy sailors must be competent to a minimum level of RYA Start Sailing or RYA Youth Stage 2. They must be able to launch, sail away from the shore, sail upwind and return to shore from where they left. They must also be able to right a capsized boat.
- Beginners can hire stand up paddleboards, sit on top kayaks and open canoes subject to weather conditions. All beginners going on the water must be water confident and have received a safety briefing from an instructor.
- Beginners can launch stand up paddleboards, sit on top kayaks and open canoes subject to weather conditions. All beginners must be capable of paddling the craft in the conditions of the day and must wear buoyancy aids.
- Anyone using their own equipment must have adequate 3rd party insurance for themselves and anyone using their equipment.
- Personal and 3rd party insurance against injury, loss or accident is the sole responsibility of the customer.
- Bray Lake Watersports reserves the right to recall anyone that is unable to demonstrate an adequate level of competence or participate in a safe and controlled manner.
- Payment for own craft launch must be paid in full before going afloat.
- Payment for hire (minimum 1 hour) must be paid at the start of the hire session. Craft returned later than the agreed period will be charged at the end of the session by the half hour.
- Refunds will not be given for hire periods contracted but not completed.
- The customer is responsible for the care of the hire equipment they are using, and any damage done to it during its use. Insurance against accidental damage is covered in the cost of hire however there is a £50 excess in the event of damage caused to hire and demo equipment.
- There is no access to the river when there are river warnings in place.
- Anyone using the river without a Bray Lake staff member or designated Bray Lake Club Leader must be a competent paddler (recommended BC 2 Star / BC Paddle Award Explore or BSUPA L2).
- Anyone using the river must hold a BC membership or EA river licence.
Booking Terms and Conditions
- A non-refundable deposit is required to confirm all bookings. Courses booked within 7 days of start date must be paid in full. Please see below for deposit details.
- Junior Courses - £50 per person
- Adult Courses - £50 per person
- Group Bookings – £100
- School Bookings – 25% of total
- Birthday Parties - £100
- Final payment for Junior Courses will be taken one week prior to the course.
- Once deposit or full payment has been taken this is non-refundable.
- Online bookings are either paid in full at time of booking or a £50 deposit per person is paid.
- Pre-booked, swim, launch and hire sessions are not refundable.
- Any cancellations of pre-booked swim, launch or hire sessions must be via email at least 24 hours in advance of the session start time. Where possible we will transfer the session to a different slot.
- For online swim session bookings, only users with pre-paid swim cards, platinum members, Coldstream Guards, EVO or BTS members may make a booking without paying online.
- For any pre-booked swim, launch or hire sessions that you fail to attend which were unpaid, you will be charged the full session amount. This will need to be paid within 7 days, otherwise you will not be able to book any future sessions until the payment has been received. If you are unable to attend a course, please contact Bray Lake Watersports as soon as possible and we will endeavour to reschedule your booking to a mutually convenient time and date. Deposits and course fees are transferable in most situations. Courses are valid for one year from date of purchase.
- There is a surcharge of £25 which is payable at time of rebooking should you:
- Cancel a course within 48 hours of course start time.
- Request a course date change within 48 hours of course start time.
- Re-book more than 1 year after original course date.
- If minimum numbers for a course are not met, you will either be offered private tuition at the same cost but over a shorter period or alternative course dates.
- Should we cancel a promotional course for weather conditions or any other reason, then we will rearrange the course at a mutually convenient time and date.
- Should you fail to attend or cancel a promotional course you will not be able to rebook onto another promotional session.
- Should circumstances/weather make teaching impossible then mutually suitable dates will be arranged, refunds cannot be given in these circumstances.
- Refunds are not available to customers who start courses and subsequently choose not to continue.
- Every precaution is taken to ensure the cleanliness of our hire wetsuits. Customers with known skin complaints which may be contagious are requested to contact Bray Lake Watersports in advance of their course.
- Wetsuits, buoyancy aids and boots are available for purchase from the clubhouse at Bray Lake Watersports at a discount for all those attending a course.
Membership Terms and Conditions
Membership is not required to use the facilities at Bray Lake however you are required to complete a registered user’s agreement and therefore becoming a Friend of Bray Lake ("FOB"). A "Member" is someone who pays a monthly or annual fee to access rental or tuition discounts, unlimited own equipment launches, or unlimited equipment hire (competence and availability dependant) and "Membership" is the state of being a paid-up Member.
- Membership runs for 1 year except for Platinum Membership which runs for a minimum of 12 months and will continue thereafter until written cancellation by the member.
- Early termination of Membership will result in any outstanding payments to be due immediately. Refunds against Membership due to early termination are not available.
- In the unlikely event that Bray Lake becomes unusable for more than two months an extension or refund will be offered.
- Members must ensure that they, their craft and their guests are covered by insurance in respect of third party claims.
- A Member wishing to use their own windsurfer/paddle board/sailing boat/dinghy/kayak/canoe or other craft at Bray Lake will be required to have a "Launch Membership or daily launch ticket" which will be issued by Bray Lake Watersports and entitles the registered craft to be used by the Member, additional Member or friend. Anyone using the craft must be competent in its use and covered by third party insurance and have completed a registered user agreement and become a ‘FOB’.
- Members may, for an additional fee and depending on availability, store their water sports equipment, boards and boats on site.
- Private equipment left onsite after Membership has lapsed will be removed after 6 months and where possible sold and the proceeds raised used to offset against any outstanding Membership fees. All steps necessary will be taken to contact the Member within 6 months of the Membership ending after that time it will be deemed that the equipment has been abandoned and Bray Lake Watersports will take ownership of the equipment and dispose of/use as they see fit.
- It is the Members responsibility to make sure that Bray Lake Watersports has relevant and current contact details for themselves.
- Equipment stored at Bray Lake is done at the sole risk of the Member. Members are responsible for insurance, maintenance and upkeep of equipment. Bray Lake Watersports will not be held responsible for any damage caused to the Member’s equipment, unless there is proof of our negligence.
- Bray Lake Watersports should be advised in writing of any changes of address or equipment stored at Bray Lake.
- Any infringement of these terms will result in withdrawal of Membership without refund.
Open Water Swimming Terms and Condition
- Open water swimming carries certain risks, so it is important that you adhere at all times to the rules and guidelines of swimming in Bray Lake.
- All swimmers enter the water at their own risk.
- All swimmers must sign up to become a Friend of Bray Lake (by completion of a user’s agreement) or join as a Member. In either case, this agreement runs for 1 year (365 days) and must be renewed each year to continue to swim at Bray Lake. This registration contains important details of your emergency contact(s) and any medical conditions. If any details change during the year, it is your responsibility to notify Bray Lake Watersports.
- Each time you swim at Bray Lake, you must register at the Swim Reception (being the signing in desk located at or near the club house at Bray Lake) before entering the water. Upon registration, you will be provided with a numbered rubber band. This band must be worn at all times whilst in the water, either on your wrist or ankle.
- Upon exiting the water, you must immediately return the numbered band by placing it in the band box so you can be signed back in.
- People who have never swum in open water before must make themselves known to the Swim Reception. We recommend that first time open water swimmers are accompanied by an experienced open water swimmer.
- All swimmers must be competent of swimming 250m unassisted.
- You must enter and exit the water at the specified place and stay within the designated swim route unless instructed otherwise by a staff member of Bray Lake Watersports.
- Do not dive or jump in from the start/finish pontoon as the water may be too shallow and cause injury.
- We recommend that you wear suitable goggles and a brightly coloured swim hat whilst in the water to help your vision and to make it easier for us to see you.
- You must swim in an anti-clockwise direction to help avoid collisions. Please be aware of other swimmers at all times and avoid entering into their space.
- During the winter we may open an additional short swim route which you must swim in a clockwise direction.
- Not everyone swims at the same speed. Be aware of weaker or slower swimmers and swim clear of anyone slower than you. Anyone swimming aggressively and swimming into or over others will be asked to leave. If you accidently swim into someone please make sure they are ok and apologise.
- When turning around buoys do not swim over other swimmers, swim wide if there are swimmers in front of you.
- If you wish to stop for a break while swimming or to stop to speak with another swimmer, please do not stop on the swimming routes – instead move just outside of the swimming routes to ensure you do not obstruct other swimmers whilst at the same time still staying in full view of the Safety Tower (being the wooden tower located next to the swim entrance).
- We recommend that you wear a wetsuit to aid buoyancy, retain body heat and protect you from water borne infection. If you decide not to wear a wetsuit be aware that this can increase the risks associated with open water swimming and it is done purely at your own risk.
- If a problem occurs during your swim session, roll on to your back and signal for rescue by shouting for attention and, if safe to do so, raise an arm in the air to signal for help. If possible, swim to one of the swim marker buoys and hold on and signal for help. There are whistles on all main swim marker buoys to enable you to call for attention.
- During your swim, should you need to exit the water at any other point apart from the normal swim pontoons please report to the swim safety tower or swim reception on return.
- Please be alert for any other swimmers who may be having difficulty. Do not be afraid to ask if a swimmer needs help.
- Swimming in open water can increase the risk of ill health as the water may not be of bathing quality and may contain Blue Green Algae, and (or) contamination and pollution from farming and wildlife. It is important therefore that you: -
- Do not swim or enter the water if feeling unwell.
- Cover cuts, scratches and sores with a waterproof plaster before swimming.
- Consider wearing appropriate protective clothing such as a wetsuit, gloves and/or protective footwear.
- Whilst you are swimming, try to avoid swallowing and/or splashing water into your mouth.
- After swimming, ensure you wash your body, in particular, clean your hands thoroughly with soap and water and before handling/eating food.
- Thoroughly clean cuts or abrasions using soap and water after exiting the water.
- Clean and rinse your wetsuit, goggles and other swimming equipment after use.
- If you become ill after swimming, immediately seek medical help and let them know you have been open water swimming. Please also immediately notify Bray Lake Watersports.
- Please take full responsibility for your belongings whilst within the grounds of Bray Lake.
- Bray Lake Watersports takes no responsibility for the theft or damage of wetsuits or any other personal items left unattended or left on site.
JUNIOR SWIMMERS (Under 16)
- Open water swimming is only suitable for competent swimmers and in the case of children under 16 years of age it is recommended that children be at least club standard swimmers.
- Children under 16 years of age are only permitted to swim if they:
- can swim unaided continuously for at least 250m; and
- are accompanied by an adult at all times, while swimming, unless an exemption is provided by Bray Lake Watersports; and
- swim the short loops, 400m being the longest loop permitted unless exemption is provided by Bray Lake Watersports; and
- wear a swimming wetsuit while swimming unless an exemption is provided by Bray Lake Watersports.
- An exemption under limbs (b), (c) and (d) above will only be provided if the swimmer’s swim squad coach provides a letter confirming the swimmers swimming ability which is to the satisfaction of the Bray Lake Watersports management or the child passes a swim test to the satisfaction of Bray Lake Watersports management.
- Juniors are not allowed to swim between 1st October – 31st March without prior consent from Bray Lake management.
Fishing Membership Terms and Conditions
- Fishing Membership entitles the holder to fish from allocated areas at Bray Lake provided they have all the licenses legally required to fish.
- Fishing Membership runs for 12 months. Early termination of Fishing Membership will result in any outstanding payments to be paid immediately. Refunds against Fishing Membership are not available.
- In the unlikely event that Bray Lake becomes unusable for more than 2 months an extension or refund of the remaining months of current Fishing Memberships will be offered.
- Bray Lake Watersports and their representatives reserve the right to carry out spot checks, those without a valid Fishing Membership will be asked to leave.
- The removal of any fish will result in immediate withdrawal of Fishing Membership and legal action being taken.
- Anglers are respectfully reminded that they need to be patient with those sailors or paddlers who are struggling to learn and may inadvertently end up in an occupied swim. We will endeavour to collect any such person from the swim as soon as possible. Unnecessary conflict will result in loss of Fishing Membership.
- Members must ensure that they, their craft and their guests are covered by insurance in respect of third-party claims.
- Bray Lake Watersports should be advised in writing of any changes of address and payment details. Failure to maintain monthly payments may result in your membership being withdrawn until payment is made.
- All Fishing Members are expected to behave in an acceptable manner whilst fishing. Any inappropriate behaviour will result in a warning from the club bailiff. Any further issues will result in the immediate withdrawal of Fishing Membership. Members are also responsible for their guests.
- No swim cutting is allowed without prior consent and any unauthorised habitat damage may result in termination of Fishing Membership.
- No peanuts or uncooked particles may be used at Bray Lake.
- Sacking of fish is not permitted at Bray Lake.
- Cradles / Recovery Slings are only permitted in deep water.
- No publicity under any circumstance.
- There is a 72hr maximum stay in any swim and no return within 12hrs.
- All gates must be kept locked outside Bray Lakes operating times.
- The use of boats on Bray Lake is only permitted once you have completed a boat induction. All boating equipment, including life jackets / buoyancy aids must be checked and approved by Bray Lake Watersports.
- Boats are not allowed to be used on the Retreat Lake without authorisation.
- Additional Rules regarding use of boats will be issued at induction. Failure to follow these rules may result in termination of your membership
- Lead core is only permitted on the Retreat Lake to one foot in length.
- Back leading is required when fishing across the swimming lanes in Bray Lake.
- Any infringement of these terms will result in withdrawal of Fishing Membership without refund.
- The management and fishery / bailiff team reserve the right to temporarily suspend fishing in any area of the lake due to water sport activities or natural events, i.e. excessive weed growth or carp spawning.
- Barbless hooks only on The Retreat Lake.
- All gate padlock codes must be scrambled after use.
- Bait boats are not permitted on The Retreat Lake.
By signing up, to a course, for hire, swim session, launching your own equipment, becoming a Friend of Bray Lake or member, you are agreeing that all the details you provide are relevant to your chosen activity or applicable for all activities being run by Bray Lake, and are valid for up to one year from start date.
You declare that you are over 16 years old or that you are the legal guardian or parent of the person associated with this declaration and have given your consent for their participation in the chosen activity at Bray Lake.
In addition, you provide consent for basic first aid to be administered, if deemed necessary, by qualified Bray Lake Watersports staff as required, whilst on site. If there are any reasons why basic first aid cannot be administered, then you need to inform Bray Lake Watersports in advance.
Having provided us with your email address you have agreed to receive our emails keeping you informed of date changes, health and safety issues, changes to your user agreement, updates and changes to rules and regulations.
London Sailboards (Bray Lake) Ltd (trading as Bray Lake Watersports) may takes photos of adults attending courses or using the lake facilities. These may be used for the following purposes,
- Marketing material including brochures, leaflets and posters.
- Social Media marketing – Facebook, Instagram, Twitter
- Email Newsletters
- Online and paper news articles and adverts.
- Any photos used will not be accompanied by any names or other personal information.
If you would prefer for us not to take photographs of you, please notify Bray Lake Watersports. Should we use a photo of you that you do not wish to be used please contact us for removal.
For details on the use of photographs of children please see our data consent form.
It is agreed that the landlords, Summerleaze Gravel Company, London Sailboards (Bray Lake) Ltd., their servants, agents, licensees and any other person authorised to use their land for any purpose whatsoever or performing duties or tasks on their behalf or for themselves shall be under no liability whatsoever, excepting liability for death or personal injury resulting from negligence attributed to and fault of either Summerleaze Gravel Company or London Sailboards (Bray Lake) Ltd., for loss however caused to any chattel or property of yours on or under Bray Lake or surrounding land or other premises of Summerleaze Gravel Company or London Sailboards (Bray Lake) Ltd.