Welcome to our extensive Activities Program. Below are a series of guidelines to give an idea of how the program works and what you can expect. Whilst focused predominantly on the bushwalking program, these guidelines are applicable to all the outdoor activities we run.
PRIOR TO WALK
- Ensure that your level of fitness is in line with the walk's degree of difficulty. If in doubt discuss with the walks leader, or NPA Activities Co-ordinator prior to the walk.
- Arrive at the starting point on time.
- Carry sufficient water to cover the duration of the walk and the conditions you are walking in. A minimum of one litre of water should be carried, but two litres or more is recommended for hotter conditions.
- Ensure you are suitably equipped with a first aid kit, sunscreen, hat, food, rain gear, whistle, torch and appropriate clothing and footwear. A map and compass are also recommended where required.
- Ensure you complete the sign on sheet after reading the Walks Attendance Form and noting any risk warnings.
- Bring a sense of humour and adventure. Our leaders are all volunteers so please remember to be patient and kind.
DURING THE WALK
- Follow the leader’s instructions. Remember your leader has your welfare at heart. Be courteous, co-operative and helpful to other walkers in the group. Follow the Confederation’s Bushwalkers’ Code.
- Generally you should not leave the walk early unless pre-arranged, but if it is necessary you must advise the leader and if requested, sign off on the activity sign on sheet.
- Do not allow yourself to become separated from the group. If experiencing any difficulty, such as too high a pace, blisters or shortage of water, advise the leader immediately. Participants should maintain a line of sight with people in front and behind them.
- Car pooling is recommended. Contribute to car costs if you are a passenger in another member’s vehicle – see the guidelines on the NPA website.
- Allow sufficient distance between yourself and the walker in front so that you are not struck by branches flicking back
- Do not leave the track, if on a track walk, or fall behind the person appointed ‘tail’ for any reason without advising the ‘tail’.
AT THE END OF THE WALK
Ensure the leader is aware you have made it to the end.