General Briefing & Event Safety:
Entrants MUST attend the Event Briefing prior to the start of the event.
It is highly recommended you download the Way Point Information for the Start and Finish and that you enter it into a Smart Phone App such as Motion GPS or similar to assist with navigation to the finish line.
If you have any questions please see the Chief Official before competition begins.
MINIMUM SAFETY STANDARDS TO BE OBSERVED DURING AN EVENT:
IMPORTANT: Entrants in these events must be good swimmers (400 metres +) and able to self rescue in case of emergency.
They must assess their ability to handle the conditions of the day and not participate in the event if they have any doubts in their ability to do so without the assistance of others. Whilst there may be other craft on the water during the event, these may not be able to assist in any rescue effort.
Wearing of an Approved PFD is compulsory (see below) and it must have a pealess whistle attached to be able to attract attention of others if necessary.
All entrants must carry a current orange or red flare in their PFD.s
Mobile Phone fully charged and in working order, able to be used in an emergency, in a waterproof bag is mandatory for all entrants.
The Mobile App 'FollowMee' must be pre-installed on it for use as a GPS tracker on the day. FollowMee account details will be sent to you for entry into the app.
Entrants must be attached to their craft by either a Calf Leash or Body Leash except when transversing the surf zone.
Paddle Leashes are optional, but recommended.
Crash helmets are optional, but recommended.
Entrants must stop paddling and offer assistance to any other entrant that may require assistance during the event.
Times will be adjusted to take into account any time lost for giving assistance to another entrant.
SKI & SAFETY EQUIPMENT HIRE:
A hire service is available to any entrant in need of a skis or safety equipment for the event. This needs to be booked and organised prior to the event. Please contact us via email for further details. email@example.com
Event Rules & Regulations
RACE STARTS & FINISHES:
As these are paddling events not running events all event starts and finishes will be on the water whereever possible.
Courses will be varied accoring to the prevailing conditions to get as much downwind paddling as possible during any event. Some course may be Point to Point and require car shuffles. Where this is necessary arrangements will be made prior to the event to try and facilitate this process.
Where possible try to organise these transfers yourself with others prior to the event and don't assume that it will be organised for you. There may be delays on such occasions to the start and finish of these events.
It is the competitors' responsibility to know the rules of the competition. Any competitor who is unsure of any detail, or has a problem concerning the running of the championships should seek clarification from the Chief Official.
Entrants wishing to protest on the result of an event must lodge their protest to the Chief Official within 20 minutes of the completion of that race. The protest must be in writing and must be accompanied by a $20 fee that will be refunded if the protest is upheld. Protest forms are available from the Chief Official.
Minimum age of entry is 16 years on day of the event.
Supervision of Entrants Under 18 years of age
All competitors under 18 years of age must be under parent/guardian supervision at all times.
Uniforms and Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs)
Entrants are encouraged to wear a highly visible garments during the event. These may be provided and wearing them is compulsory.
The wearing of a correctly fitted PFD is MANDATORY for all entrants.
PFDs must be the correct size for the occupant, in good repair, and comply with one of the
following standards. Inflatable PFDs are not accepted.
PFD Type 1
Australian Standard AS1512-1996
European Standard EN399-1993
European Standard EN396-1993
European Standard EN395-1993
Canadian General Standard CAN/CGSB-65.11-M88(adults)
Canadian General Standard CAN/CGSB-65.15-M88(children)
Underwriters Laboratories Standard UL1180
New Zealand Standard NZ5823:2001
PFD Type 2
Australian Standard AS1499-1996
European Standard EN393-1993
PFD Type 3
Australian Standard AS2260-1996
It is the responsibility of each entrant to ensure that his/her boat meets the construction requirements of the event.
The boat must remain buoyant when filled with water.
The boat must conform to weight and length specifications where these form part of the event.
All loose fittings shall be removed.
During an emergency, follow the instructions of Chief Official.
Emergency Contact and Medical Information
Entrants have the opportunity to voluntarily provide information that might assist
medical personal in the event of an emergency via the Emergency Medical and Contact Form. The form should be handed to the Registrar at the time of entrant's registration. Note that by providing medical information via this form, organizers do not assume any responsibility for the health of the entrant.
First aid MAY be available at the venue but it is not to be assumed that it will be available on demand.
An entrant who arrives too late at the start or who otherwise does not start, and has no valid reason approved by the Chief Official, shall be disqualified from the event in question.
Any entrant who makes a second false start will be disqualified from the race.
Entrants are not permitted to paddle along side any event in progress.
Receiving external assistance during the event is not permitted.
Entrants must not paddle in close proximity to the starting area while a event is in the process of being started.
Entrants should not congregate in their boats in the vicinity of the finishing line in case they interfere with the judging or the finish of the event in progress.
Photography and Video officially taken during the event may be used for advertising and promotional purposes on a variety of media (web, print, social media etc.).
Any entrant who displays behaviour detrimental to the good order and conduct of the event may be disciplined or disqualified.
Hot Weather & Sunsmart
During Hot Weather:
Drink plenty of fluids before, during and after exercise.
Don’t wait to feel thirsty.
Be aware of and react quickly to the symptoms of heat injury of heatstoke.
See the Smart Play Drink Up factsheet for more information.
Stay out of the sun as much as possible by utilising the natural shaded areas and personal
Wear sun protective clothing on and off water. Sun protective clothing means the use of:
Wide brimmed or legionnaire style hats (cover the top, head and neck).
Long or ¾ length shirts with high collar made from UPF 50+ rating material.
Long pants or other leg protecting pant made from UPF 50+ rating material
100% UV rated sunglasses having side protection from the sun’s rays but which do not obscure peripheral vision.
Apply sunscreen to exposed body parts.
Broad spectrum water resistant SPF 30+ sunscreen.
Applied at least 20 mins before exposure for effective protection.
Reapplied every 2-3 hrs, or more often after swimming or sweating heavily.