Safe Practice Guidelines

Now seems a good time to revisit our guidelines for leading and participating in activities. The same principles of safe practice apply to all our activities.  We need to:

  • Be capable of doing the activity
  • Have proper equipment including a first aid kit
  • Stay with the group
  • Be aware of where others are, especially those behind us.

By not complying with the above, undue stress is placed on the leader and everyone in the group is affected.

The following guidelines apply to bushwalking but are also relevant to cycling and kayaking.  Guidelines more specific to cycling and kayaking will follow in subsequent issues of the newsletter.

  • Any specific requirements for an activity, should be clearly stated in the program.  On registration, the leader may need to clarify these requirements, especially the ability of the participant.  The leader should refuse a person who would   have difficulty completing the activity.
  • Before the activity, the leader should check any changes in conditions, such as excessive rain, bushfire alerts and public transport issues.   If there is any doubt about safety, the activity should be cancelled.
  • Leaders should give thought to how they would handle a minor injury or a more serious incident.
  • When visiting more remote areas, a PLB should be taken.  The club has two PLBs available for use on club activities – contact Neil Williams or Alan Ryan.
  • For Grade 5 or 6 activities an “Intention Form for Grade 5 & 6 Activities” needs to be completed.

On the activity the leader should:

  • Introduce the group
  • Explain the plan and any risks and hazards
  • Ensure that all participants are suitably equipped. Refuse any participant who does not have the right equipment
  • Appoint a deputy, tail-ender
  • Control the pace and keep an eye on any signs of stress
  • Stop at junctions to allow others to catch up
  • Cancel or shorten the activity if conditions become unsafe
  • Ensure everyone finishes

Participants should:

  • Stay behind the leader and allow the leader or deputy to lead
  • Stay with the group, and advise the leader if intending to leave before the end
  • Keep an eye on those behind
  • If sight of the group is lost and unsure of the way – stop, stay where you are, call out, blow your whistle or ring the leader if reception is available

The above information is a summary of the Guidelines which can be viewed on our website at