Lake Macquarie Bushwalkers Inc.
Prior to Walk
1 The walker needs to ring the leader at least two days before the scheduled walk to confirm and check the walk details, weather conditions, start time etc. The leader has the right to decide an upper limit regarding the number of participants for a walk taking into account factors such as terrain, safety and organisational difficulties.
2 Ensure that you are fit enough for the degree of difficulty of the walk. If in doubt discuss with the leader prior to the walk.The leader has the right to refuse participation to any persons they consider may present a risk to themselves or other participants or do not have the necessary skills for the activity. It is anticipated that Temporary Members will, during introductory walks, select Grade 3 or less.
3 Arrive at the starting point on time (at least 10 minutes before the starting time provided by the leader).
4 Carry sufficient water for the conditions of the walk. i.e. a minimum of one litre, or two litres or more in hotter conditions.
5 Ensure you are suitably equipped including first aid kit, sunscreen, hat, food, rain gear, whistle, torch and appropriate clothing and footwear. A map and compass may also enhance your enjoyment of the walk.
6 Ensure you complete the sign on sheet after reading the Risk Waiver and noting any risk warnings.
7 Car pooling is recommended. Contribute to car costs if you are a passenger in another member's vehicle.
8 Remember to bring a sense of humour and adventure. Our leaders are all volunteers so please remember to be patient and kind.
9 A walker must accept that a walk can be cancelled or varied for many reasons and that the leader's decision is final.
10 No pets allowed.
1 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 Bushwalkers NSW Code.
2 Generally you should not leave the walk early, unless pre-arranged, but if it is necessary you must advise the leader and when requested, sign off on the activity sign-on sheet. You must accept a leader’s decision to send someone with you to accompany you out.
3 Do not allow yourself to become separated from the group. If experiencing any difficulty such as pace, blisters, shortage of water, advise the leader immediately. Participants should maintain a line of sight with people in front and behind them.
4 It is your responsibility to allow sufficient distance between yourself and the walker in front so that you are not injured by branches flicking back.
5 When walking on a track do not leave it or fall behind the person appointed ‘tail’ for any reason without advising the ‘tail’.
6 Keep Australia beautiful. Take all rubbish home.
At the end of the Walk
1 Ensure the leader is aware you have made it to the end.
2 Remember to thank the leader.