Registration Assembly time for all hikes is 6:45am sharp, unless otherwise specified.
Departure from assembly point is 7.00 am.
Contribution for all public hikes is $70 per person 12 years and over and payable in advance unless otherwise specified.
Kids 11 and under $40 unless specified.
The above contribution does not include transportation, food, drinks or security charges.
Preparation for a Hike
Find out from the hike leader as much details about the hiking destination as possible eg . type of terrain, duration of the hike, rating of the hike, does it include swimming, etc.
Use footwear with good grips on the soles like a trail sneakers or hiking boot absolutely NO sandals, NO slippers, and NO high-heeled shoes.
Wear Comfortable loose fitting clothes (long pants referred / no jeans) and a cap for sun shade.
Pack lightly : include 1 litre of water, sandwiches, medication, insect repellant ,sports drink and other essential items.
Use a back pack to keep hands free. Leave jewelry and other valuables behind since they can hook onto branches.
Secure cameras, cell phones, car remotes etc. in a water proof bag.
Do not bring pets on a hike, domestic pets can cause problems in the forest.
Keep an extra change of clothing in the car.
The leaders of the group should have a first aid kit, a cut-lass or knife, torch light ,small piece of survival rope, duct tape, a water safety device and a compass.
A simple garbage bag can be used for a number of purposes eg. a sling etc.
Let someone know where you are going and when you plan to return.
Carry a cell phone for use in emergency.
A first time hiker should not attempt a hike longer then 90 minutes or rated over 4 moderate. Hikes are rated 1 (Very Easy) – 8 (Very Difficult).
Be sure of your medical fitness before attempting any hike. Children under the age of 7 years are not allowed on challenging hikes rated over 4.
Absolutely no babies in arms.
Rules During the Hike
Always stay together in a group.
Follow guidelines given by the hike leader before starting a hike.
Be responsible ,use common sense and good judgment.
Stick to the intended route, avoid short cuts.
Travel at a pace where you can always see a fellow hiker walking in front and behind you.
Slow down at times in order to re-group.
Don’t be afraid to turn back especially if the weather turns bad.
Never venture off the trail without informing a hike leader.
Never pass the front hike leader.
If at any time you are uncertain about which direction you should take, Stand Your Ground, wait for a hike leader.
The last person will always be a hike leader.
On approaching any intersection on the trail, the path which is blocked by freshly cut bush or branches means no entry.
Avoid running on the trail which can cause you to slip and damage yourself. Avoid shaking bushes and making excessive noises that can attract bees.
If you need to go in the bush to use the bathroom inform a hike leader to wait and survey the surroundings.
Do not touch or eat any fruit or plant which is unknown to you.
Snakes do not attack or chase people and most are harmless and beneficial to humans.
Learn to recognize the four dangerous snakes and avoid them.
Snakes bites are rare.
Make sure you shoes are properly laced to prevent injury.
Do Not Litter – Take Garbage Back With You – Keep the forest clean.
It is illegal to pick-up spent shells or fired cartridges in the forest.
No drinking of Alcohol or use of illegal substances during the hike.
In case of emergency make sure you know where outside help can be obtained.
Lost or Misplaced in the Forest (Three Options) Remain where you are rather than venture further into the forest.
Turn back and retrace your foot-steps to a familiar path.
Follow a river course which can be very challenging but will eventually lead to civilization.
Do’s and Don’ts in Water
NEVER swim alone.
Watch small children closely, they can drown in a few inches of water.
Teach them to stay out of the water until an adult is supervising them.
Swimmers should swim parallel to the shore.
After eating wait 1 hour before going in the water.
Stop swimming on the first indication of bad weather.
Protect your head, neck and spine – don’t dive into unfamiliar waters, always go into the water feet first.
If you are in trouble call or wave for help.
Do not float where you can’t swim or rely on flotation devices that can be lost in the water.
Non and weak swimmers should not use inflated devices in water.
Avoid swimming areas where there are potholes ,shifting sand and a brownish discoloration of the water.
Never fake actions or calls for help.
Do not push others under water.
If caught in a rip current, swim sideways until free, don’t swim against the force of the current’s. Signal for help.
Follow the advice of the lifeguards .
Read and obey all beach safety flags and signs.
Hike Rating: 1 (Very Easy) Simple flat road walking (15 to 30 mins )
Hike Rating: 2 (Easy) Strolling with slight inclines on open trail (30 to 45 mins).
Hike Rating: 3 (Fair) Some uphill walking (45 mins to 1 hour)
Hike Rating: 4 (Moderate) Moderate hiking and some hill climbing (1 hour)
Hike Rating: 5 (Moderately Challenging) include some steep hills or rugged terrain (1 -2 hours)
Hike Rating: 6 (Challenging) Steep hill climbing (1 1/2 hrs to 2 1/2 hrs)
Hike Rating: 7 (Difficult) Long steep hill climbing and very rugged terrain (3 hrs)
Hike Rating: 8 (Very Difficult) Hiking over 5 hours on steep rugged terrain
Protection of Our Beaches
No littering of our beautiful beach areas .Walk with a Garbage bag to place all food residues and other trash.
No glass containers at the beach, broken glass and bare feet don’t mix.
No beach fires except designated areas – fire residue and superheated sand can severely burn bare feet and affect wildlife. Use a barbecue grill that is elevated off the sand.
Please ensure that you are physically and medically fit before undertaking any hike!
Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire
Being more active is very safe for most people, and for most should not pose any problem or hazard. However, some people should check with their doctor before they start becoming much more physically active. The following list of questions should be completed by anyone who is looking to start an exercise program, to increase their current activity level, or partake in a fitness testing assessment. The questionnaire helps to determine how safe it is for you. The questionnaire is suitable for those aged between 15 and 69. If you are over 69 years of age, and you are not used to being very active, check with your doctor. Common sense is your best guide in answering these questions. Read the questions carefully and answer each one honestly.
Please answer yes or no to the following!
Has your doctor ever said that you have a heart condition and that you should only do physical activity recommended by a doctor? Yes / No
Do you feel pain in your chest when you do physical activity? Yes / No
In the past month, have you had chest pain when you were not doing physical activity? Yes / No Do you lose your balance because of dizziness or do you ever lose consciousness? Yes / No
Do you have a bone or joint problem that could be made worse by a change in your physical activity? Yes / No
Is your doctor currently prescribing drugs (for example, water pills) for your blood pressure or heart condition? Yes / No
Do you know of any other reason why you should not do physical activity? Yes / No
If You Answered ‘Yes’
If you answered “yes” to one or more questions, talk with your doctor before you start becoming much more active or before you have a fitness test. Tell you doctor about the PAR-Q and which questions you answered “yes”.
If You Answered ‘No’
If you answered “no” honestly to all of the questions, you can be reasonably sure that you can start becoming much more physically active or take part in a physical fitness appraisal – begin slowly and build up gradually. This is the safest and easiest way to go.
Even if you answered “no” to all questions, you should delay becoming more active if you are temporarily ill with a cold or a fever, or if you are or may be pregnant. If your health changes so that you then answer ‘yes’ to any of the above questions, tell your fitness or health professional and ask whether you should change your physical activity plan.
This simple screening questionnaire was first developed by The Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (see references below). The questionnaire is also recommended by the American College of Sports Medicine as a minimum test of readiness for moderate physical activity programs.
PAR-Q and You. Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology. Revised 1994.
Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire, British Columbia Ministry of Health Department of National Health and Welfare, Canada, revise
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