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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?

The main risk associated with angling is to do with proximity to water and the risks that it poses such as cold water shock, entering water without a personal floatation device and angling alone in remote places where assistance cannot be accessed in the event of a water or medical emergency.

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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