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Angling is the sport or recreational activity of fishing with a rod and line where catching fish is the aim. Angling involves spending time by the water, which is brilliant for relaxation and concentration, but the associated risks must be considered when undertaking this recreational activity.

Angling is one of the leading causes of recreational fatalities in Scotland.

What is the risk?

Whether you're fishing on the water's edge, wading through the streams or floating on the tides, there are several risks associated with Angling. Angling may not typically be considered a water-based activity with risk to life, however, its proximity to water poses several risks. For example, due to the low temperatures of Scotland's waterways, there is the risk of experiencing cold water shock if you find yourself in the water. Moreover, scenarios such as entering the water without a personal floatation device and angling alone in remote places without carrying a mobile phone can result in potentially fatal incidents.

Angling Safety Advice
Angling Safety Sheet Download

How to minimise the risk

  • One of the best ways to stay protected whilst angling is to wear a lifejacket
  • Plan ahead, be aware of surroundings and look out for water safety warning signs
  • If angling alone, let someone know where you are going and what time you expect to be back
  • Alcohol and angling don’t mix so don't risk it
  • Cold water shock can affect anyone - even experienced anglers. Take advice on how to control it.
Fishing on a canal

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