Risk Assessment for the activity
We will use scouts' kayaks, sit on tops, canoes and paddles. Each member will be wearing a PFD (personal flotation device).
At least 1 leader will carry a phone in a dry bag accessible from the water. Mobile reception is expected in the area.
There will be a safety chat and dry demo before going on the water.
The activity will start and finish at 1st Oatley Bay Scout Hall, corner of Annette St and Russell St, Oatley, down the park by the water.
Participants must wear clothes appropriate to the temperature and be ready to get wet, including closed footwear. Hat and sunscreen.
There is a netted area to swim and we may jump off the kayaks to swim too if conditions are good.
Participants must at all times when in the water wear either water shoes or old shoes that can get wet. All footwear must be fully enclosed footwear, Crocs Thongs and sandles are not acceptable.
Examples of water shoes can be found here
It is recommended to bring clothes to change while having lunch in a dry bag or similar.
Additionally, extra clothes should be ready at the landing point when we return.
Participants should bring a at least 1l of water, more if hot forecast, lunch and some nibbles (cereal bars, fruits or other). Tie a 1m string to the bottle to tether it to the kayak so it is not lost on the river
Check of personal clothing will be carried out before and if not adequate the child may be refused to participate.
All over 12 years old must be vaccinated against Covid.
Due to Covid restrictions food cannot be shared and each scout has to have a hand sanitizer. Numbers will be limited according to the National guidelines, so first in first served.
Members advised to not attend if they have even mild symptoms i.e. fever, dry cough, tiredness
(refer to NSW Health for more detailed and up to date information)
Members who are in vulnerable category should not attend i.e. infants, or people with
compromised immune systems due to illness or medical treatment (source: NSW Health).
We will be adhering to the requirements as set out for outdoor activities as prescribed by Scouts NSW on this site Scouting Guide to Coronavirus.