Brownes Thames Estuary Boat Trips are excited to announce that in April 2023 they will be launching Open water swimming & boot camps on the sea/mud. Great fun for everyone & offering a different kind of team building activity.
In partnership with Hadleigh Plungers & Brownes Boot Camp.
We are fully insured, qualified skippers & crews, risk assessed, safety procedures in place while at sea, licensed by the MCA (Maritime and Coastguard Agency) & SCMS (The Society Of Consulting Marine Engineers & Ship Surveyors) to operate this kind of business & will have a qualified lifeguard and experienced fitness trainer onboard at all times. WHILST RESPECTING THE LOCAL NATURE & WILDLIFE OUT AT SEA.
This is going to be epic & offers a very unique & different experience to anything currently in Leigh On Sea/Chalkwell. It is not to be missed! To participate & do this advanced activity you will have to undertake land boot camp & lake swimming training beforehand to build up your confidence, strength and trust.
Typical 2-3 hour Day: We leave Leigh On Sea at High Water & head out to the Ray Gut to pick up our mooring & set up camp for the training session. We will then wait for the tide to go out while we have a training briefing from Angus Browne (Skipper of the boat) about the session & emergency procedures. We will then drop off all the kit onto the mud when the tide goes out and transport members on our very own inflatable rib/safety boat onto the mudflats to get ready for our Boot Camp session. After we have completed our mission training on the mud, we will then head to Two Tree Island where there is water all the time to unload the kit/equipment before heading home for a warm shower and telling your family & friends all about what fun we had out at sea!
The trips are dependent on the weather and tides on the day, so we will have to review this a couple of days prior to the selected date. (subject to cancellation of the trip with 24-48 hours notice due to weather/tides)
- Weather & Tides change daily.
- 50% of the final cost of your trip is required to secure your booking which is a NON REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT. Then 1 week prior to the departure date is when the outstanding balance is due to be paid. (the non refundable deposit can be used towards another trip if cancellation has to be made due to bad weather or low tides).
Max numbers of passengers: 6-8 (depends on which boat is taken)
Minimum Age: 16 years
Duration: 2-3- hours in total including boat trip out, in and training
Price: £60.00 per person or £100.00 for 2 people if you book together at the same time
Leigh On Sea Cockle Beach, Old Leigh, Essex (Nearest Postcode: SS9 2ER). Opposite No 1 Cockleshed Restaurant. Behind the Orange Cockle Boat Liberator.*SAFETY NOTICE: On the dock there will be a ladder to climb down to the boat.
Food & Drink:
We are offering an food box at £15.00 per person from Sara’s Tea Garden in Old Leigh. Please contact us if you would like to arrange this. *Please let us know if you have any dietary requirements.
You can also bring your own but ALL food & drink must be consumed outside on deck & not in the wheelhouse. There are no cooking facilities onboard. Alcohol is NOT allowed during these activities. Lots of water is a good option to keep you hydrated at sea.
It is available at Leigh On Sea long stay train station car park (behind the back of the main station entrance) or on Belton Way West/East. You can then walk down to us which is a 5-10 minute walk.
Please bring appropriate clothing to suit the weather of your trip. Hats, sunglasses, sun cream, waterproofs, woolly hat, towel & change of clothes. The weather can change very quickly out at sea so please be prepared for everything.
Please bring a plastic bin bag to take ALL of your rubbish home with you & do not throw any litter into the sea.
All Other Important Information:
- If you have a camera or binoculars you are very welcome to bring them out as there will be some great photo/video opportunities.
- We have a small toilet on board Starfish NOT Daisy Margaret (We kindly ask you to go before we depart if possible.)
- All safety procedures and practises: When you come aboard Daisy Margaret or Starfish a brief 5 minutes safety talk will be given before we set out to sea.
- Life jackets will be provided to those that choose to wear them (Optional). Under 16`s by law have to wear them at all times while onboard our boats.
Health & Safety Onboard:
We carry onboard a fully equipped Category C First Aid Kit, Handheld VHF & PLB, Fire Extinguishers, 8-10 man Life rafts, Life jackets & we have 1 mobile defibrillator to be shared around the fleet.
*Online Passenger & Medical Form to be completed by ALL passengers before their boat trip:
*We take NO responsibility for any loss or damaged items while at sea. Staff will NOT tolerate any rudeness, drugs or violent behaviour & the skipper reserves the right to terminate your trip at any time*
Thank you for taking the time to read about us & we look forward to having you onboard Daisy Margaret or Starfish.
“I wanted freedom, open-air, challenges, adventure. I found it on the sea.”
Angus Browne (Skipper & Fitness Trainer)
Matt Chapman (Open Water Swimming Coach & Lifeguard)
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