1. Be aware of icy surfaces
Take extra care around and crossing over locks, when you're getting on and off the boat and using lock ladders.
Watch out for ice around the spindle when using a windless. Don't let it slip off – and never leave it unattended.
Don't rely on anti-slip surfaces.
2. Use gloves for better grip
Wear gloves when handling ropes and frozen metal work. However, remember to take extra care if your hands or feet are cold or if you're wearing very thick gloves, you lose some of the sensitivity you need to judge safe moves.
3. Be alert to obstructions
Keep a look out for obstructions across the canal – either from maintenance operations or fallen trees. Check for any planned stoppages before your journey.
4. Avoid cruising in thick ice
Don't cruise if the ice is thick. It's hard work for your engine and may damage the hull of your craft and others. And of course, never be tempted to walk on the canal when it's frozen.