The following information must be taken as a guide only as it cannot take into account all factors. If you have little or no experience, we suggest you start with the lower grades then progress to the higher grades. If you are uncertain about the experience and fitness required, contact the leader for advice.

Walks

GradeDistanceType of TerrainSuitability
1
Up to 8kmEstablished tracks, fire trails, roads and/or beach walking. May include some gentle gradients.Beginners to bushwalking
2Up to 12kmEstablished tracks, fire trails, roads and/or beach walking, gentle gradients but may also include some moderate gradients.Most people with reasonable fitness.
3Up to 16kmMostly on tracks or fire trails, with moderate gradients.People who are used to bushwalking.
4Up to 20kmMostly on tracks, may involve some off track walking or steep gradients. Leader will have knowledge of all aspects of the walk.Those wishing to gain real bushwalking experience.
5Up to 20kmMay involve considerable off-track walking with difficult sections.For experienced walkers who have previously completed Grade 4 walks.
6Up to 30kmWill involve mainly off-track walking, some exploratory sections, thick bushland, steep gradients, rock scrambling, river crossings or rugged terrain.For very fit and experienced bushwalkers.

Bike Rides

GradeDistanceType of TerrainSuitability
1
Up to 30kmMainly cycle tracks, level most of the waCasual cyclists
2Up to 40kmCycle tracks and roads with some hillsCyclists with reasonable fitness
3Up to 50kmCycle tracks, roads, several hillsExperienced cyclists who have completed Grade 2 rides comfortably

Paddles

GradeDistanceType of TerrainSuitability
1
Up to 10kmFlat waterBeginners, those with minimal experience
2Up to 15kmFlat waterThose with limited experienc
3Up to 20kmFlat water with some small wavesExperienced paddlers with a reasonable level of fitness
4Up to 30kmWater with fast flow and changing conditionsExperienced, very fit paddlers
5Up to 30kmOpen water with wave action as found in the ocean, large lakes or riversVery experienced and fit paddlers

Equipment

The leader has the right to refuse permission to any person who is inadequately equipped to join in a club activity. Participants should be able to operate independently by equipping themselves as follows:

Basic equipment
for all activities
In addition –
For walks
For bike ridesFor paddles
Suitable footwearHatRoadworthy bikeSea/riverworthy craft
Suitable clothingWaterproof jacketHelmetPaddles
WaterWhistleSpare tubePFD
Small First Aid kitTube changing toolsSpraydeck
PumpBucket or sponge
Hat, whistle, tow rope

Camping

In addition to the above, the following items are required for overnight or longer trips. Contact the leader for advice about food, equipment and other supplies.

  • Tent
  • Set of spare clothes
  • Water carrier
  • Sleeping bag & mat
  • Extra warm clothing
  • Torch
  • Stove
  • Hat & gloves
  • Rubbish bag
  • Billy, plate, mug, utensils
  • Personal washing gear & towel
  • Toilet paper

Participation in Activities

Ensure that you are fit enough for the activity. If you wish to participate in an activity indicated “Registration Essential”, contact the leader at least two days prior. If you find you are unable to attend please advise the leader immediately as another member may be able to take your place. Before inviting a friend to accompany you, you must obtain the leader’s permission. Arrive at the meeting place at least 10 minutes before the starting time as leaders will not delay the start for latecomers. Please advise the leader if you are willing to car pool and share costs.

On the activity

  • Stay behind the leader and follow instructions
  • Keep in contact with the group at all times
  • Maintain visual contact with those behind
  • At forks and junctions, wait for others to catch up
  • If you lose sight of the group and are unsure of the way – stop, stay where you are, call out or blow your whistle
  • Advise the leader if you intend to leave the activity before the end.
  • If cycling, keep left on bike paths and be aware of other users. Observe road rules when cycling in traffic.

Leading Activities

We welcome new leaders and training can be provided if required. Familiarise yourself with any activity you propose to lead. This will assist you when submitting your activity and when answering queries. If you wish to have an activity included in the next program contact the Program Manager well before the deadline.

Planning the activity

  • There should be a minimum of four participants on all Ramblers Club activities Grade 3 and above.
  • Provide an accurate description, including grade, duration, distance and pace. Forward details to the Program Manager.
  • Pre-check the route, noting any difficulties or hazards, and suitable rest spots.
  • Give thought to an alternative plan in case of unforeseen circumstances.
  • Clearly describe any difficulties to intending participants and refuse any who may have difficulty completing the activity.
  • When necessary, carry a map, compass or GPS.
  • For Grade 5 & 6 activities, complete and leave an “Intention Form for Grade 5 & 6 Activities” with a reliable person.
  • Carry a PLB (Personal Locator Beacon) for activities in remote areas. The Club has two PLBs for members’ use – contact Neil Williams or Alan Ryan.

Before and during the activity

You are responsible for the management of the group:

  • Brief all participants on potential hazards and safe practices.
  • Refuse any participant you consider does not have the necessary equipment.
  • Ensure all participants complete the Activity Register.
  • Appoint a deputy leader and/or back marker.
  • Stop at junctions to regroup and ensure nobody goes the wrong way.
  • Have regular drink and rest breaks.
  • Take charge of unsafe situations or behaviour.
  • Notice signs of stress within the group.
  • Control the pace.
  • Keep in contact with every member of the group.
  • Cancel or shorten an activity at any time if the weather deteriorates or conditions become unsafe.
  • In the case of a serious situation or medical incident, contact the Police on 000 or 112. Only activate the PLB when other means of communication are not possible.

At the end of the activity

  • Ensure that all participants have finished safely.
  • Forward the completed Activity Register to the Activity Recorder. If required, lodge an Incident Report. This can be done online from the Forms page.
  • For Grade 5 & 6 activities, contact the person with whom trip details were left to inform them of your return.