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The Blue Chip providence  - water sports instructor experience since 1970:


Personal Safety:

  1. How should you attach the leash quick release to yourself. there are just three options

    • The most common for flat enclosed waters is to attach the quick release to your ankle
    • Also becoming popular for flat enclosed waters is attaching the quick release just below the knee on your calf
    • Use a single action quick release waist belt
    • Velcro:-
    • We don't use any Velcro closures on our quick release belts.
    • We don't use any Velcro break-out closures.
    • We don't recommend Velcro for quick release systems as it will degrade in its holding capacity

  2. For fast flowing rivers, estuaries and "White Water" situations

    Some White Water Action with the Blue Chip SUPer Club from Blue Chip on Vimeo.

    1. You should NOT attach a leash to your ankle or calf in fast flowing rivers, estuaries or white water situations.
    2. Fast flowing rivers, estuaries and white water situations require a leash to be attached to you by a single action easy reach quick release mechanism
    3. There are two options to attach your leash
      1. Attach the ankle cuff of your leash to an approved stand alone "quick release waist belt" as shown below Fig1.
      2. Attach the ankle cuff of your leash to an approved "snap shackle quick release" on your buoyancy aid Fig 2.  


Fig 1 :- Click here for detailed safety advice including Leashes, Buoyancy Aids, locks and self inflating Buoyancy Aids

Blue Chip "Snap Shackle Quick Release"    "for use with buoyancy aids"

Fig 2.

The best “buoyancy aid quick release leash attachment” for fast flowing rivers
Designed and produced by Blue Chip.

This will work with any standard leash with a Velcro ankle / calf cuff attachment.

White Water paddling needs a high positioned quick release on your buoyancy aid !

 A high positioned leash attachment is essential in white water as it is a lot less likely to snag.  However, if your leash does snag in fast flowing water, it is important to act immediately. The Blue Chip "Snap Shackle Quick Release" gives you a strong and high positioned positive attachment for your leash with an immediate single pull releasing action.