The following information must be taken as a guide only as it cannot take into account all factors. Contact the leader for advice if you are uncertain about the experience and fitness required. We suggest you start with the lower grades then progress to the higher grades.

Walks

GradeDistanceType of TerrainSuitability
1
Up to 5kmEstablished tracks, fire trails, roads and/or beach walking. May include some gentle gradients.Beginners to bushwalking
2Up to 10kmEstablished tracks, fire trails, roads and/or beach walking, gentle gradients but may also include some moderate gradients.Most people with reasonable fitness.
3Up to 15kmBush tracks or fire trails, possible off-track sections, moderate gradients.People with reasonable fitness and stamina who are used to bushwalking.
4Up to 20kmMay involve some off track walking and steep gradients. More experienced bushwalkers who are fit and agile
5Up to 30kmMay involve off-track walking, some exploratory sections, thick bushland, steep gradients, rock scrambling, river crossings and rugged terrain.For very fit and experienced bushwalkers who have previously completed Grade 4 walks.

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 limited experience
2Up to 15kmFlat waterThose with experience and a reasonable level of fitness
3Up to 20kmFlat water with some small wavesExperienced paddlers with a good 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 and fuel
  • Hat & gloves
  • Rubbish bag
  • Billy, plate, mug, utensils
  • Personal washing gear & towel
  • Toilet paper
  • Dry bags
  • Trowel

Participation in Activities

Before the activity

  • Read the activity description to ensure that you are fit enough
  • When registration is required, contact the leader at least two days prior
  • If you are unable to attend advise the leader immediately
  • Obtain the leader’s permission before inviting a friend
  • Arrive at the meeting place at least 10 minutes before the starting time.

On the activity

  • Stay behind the leader and follow instructions
  • Keep in contact with those ahead and those behind at all times
  • 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

These guidelines may be particularly useful for new leaders and are relevant to all activities.

Planning the activity

  • Pre-check the route, noting any difficulties or hazards, and suitable rest spots
  • Give thought to an alternative plan in case of unforeseen circumstances
  • Be forthcoming and accurate in describing the activity including hazards, distances, climbs, terrain and anything else people should know
  • Refuse any who may have difficulty completing the activity
  • For Grade 5 activities, complete and leave an “Intention Form for Grade 5  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 Penny Howes.

Before and during the activity

  • There should be a minimum of four participants on all activities Grade 4 and above
  • 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
  • Have regular drink and rest breaks and be aware of signs of stress within the group
  • Keep in contact with every member of the group and stop at junctions
  • Cancel or shorten an activity at any time if the weather deteriorates or conditions become unsafe
  • Take charge of unsafe situations or behaviour
  • 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  activities, contact the person with whom trip details were left to inform them of your return.