3. Safety

Careful Pre-planning is essential for a safe trip, and should consist of not less than;

  • Ensuring that students bring appropriate clothing for the conditions they will encounter.
  • Providing proper supervision at all times
  • Drawing up a comprehensive timetable and rules of conduct.
  • Ensuring that parents, helpers and students are all familiar with the timetables, rules of conduct, a map of the site and the fire procedures.

FIRST AID: It is required that there be a minimum of one adult in attendance who has a valid first aid certificate. This person shall accompany all activities involving an unfamiliar environment, such as hiking and skiing, and shall carry a basic portable first aid kit. One large first aid kit and one portable first aid kit are located on the wall in the cookhouse. Other first aid equipment including a stretcher, oxygen, hard collars, splints, blankets, crutches and a spine board are also located in the cookhouse.  During the winter the spine board is normally placed in the emergency toboggan.

All emergency incidents must be recorded on the appropriate forms also located In the cookhouse.

VEHICLES: It is required that there be at least one vehicle with an available driver in attendance at all times while the site is in use.

EMERCENCY CONTACT: In consultation with the School Principal each group at the site shall appoint one adult to serve as an emergency contact. In the event of an accident this person will be solely responsible for communicating with parents, the school district and emergency personnel (Ambulance, Fire and RCMP) until the accident has been remediated.

BUDDY SYSTEM: Before arriving at the center the teacher should have all students paired of into “buddies”. Each student should know where their buddy is at all times. If a student is to use the washroom facilities in the night they must wake up their buddy to accompany them, unless there is an adult already awake and willing (or designated) to accompany them.

WATER SAFETY: See also Canoeing Safety in Section 8 Activities.  There is a rowboat on site to be used for emergency purposes only.  Oars are stored under the boat, and life vests are stored in a box hanging above.

In the winter no one is to go onto the lake unless the ice thickness and condition have been checked and approved by the site coordinator. The Ice to the southeast of the site (near the highway) is off limits at all times due to natural gas bubbling from the lake bed, which prevents ice from forming or causes it to be extremely thin.

SWIMMING: Must only take place within the roped off area. For students 10 years old and up the rope will be placed so that the maximum depth of water is 1 meter. For students under 10 years old the rope will be placed so that the maximum depth of water is 0.5 meters.  There should be one adult for every 10 students in the water or on the beach at all times. Additionally:

  • Students must use the buddy system
  • The life preserver ring must remain in the beach area at all times
  • Swimming outside of the rope is prohibited

Bouldering Wall Safety

  • Patrons must inform the supervisor, parent volunteer or qualified spotter of any situation seen as unsafe or not in accordance with the safety policies.
  • Patrons must recognize the importance of following the supervisor or spotter’s directions regarding technique, training, safety and any other site specific rules – and agree to obey such direction.
  • Patrons must agree that when assigned to a group during instruction they must remain with that group.
  • If any patron’s behavior is distracting to others or is unsafe in any manner they may be restricted from further participation in climbing activities.
  • Patrons must report any injury no matter how minor to the supervisor, parent volunteer or spotter.
  • Patrons must respect the views and different skill levels of others. The use of “put downs” towards themselves or others will result in immediate restriction from climbing activities.
  • Patrons must respect the high expectations of, and responsibility for, safety related to climbing.
  • Patrons must recognize and or be willing to learn the importance of positive attitude and agree to give their best efforts in each day’s activities.
  • This wall will not be used without the supervision of a qualified spotter.
  • No One is to climb beyond the designated height restrictions. (ie Children under 5 must have their feet at or below the 2’ mark).
  • Only those persons who have passed a competency evaluation given by the “Floor Monitor” or Site Coordinator may spot a climber.
  • Although climbers and spotters work as a team the spotter always has final say.
  • Patrons must remove all jewelry, hats and any other obstructive clothing while climbing.
    • Patrons are required to wear only clean runners or climbing shoes unless otherwise authorized by the site coordinator. (Open toed shoes will not be allowed).
    • Supervisors and spotters have the authority to disallow the use of any equipment deemed questionable.
    • Patrons must be alert to other hazards associated with climbing such as distance between climbers, objects on the ground and overuse injuries.

Although the wall undergoes routine maintenance checks all patrons, supervisors, spotters and volunteers have a responsibility to point out safety issues to each other and report these issues to the site coordinator.

All users of the bouldering wall must read these policies and have signed the “Participants Agreement”

911 Service

There is a cell booster located in the cook house in the office space. Place your cell phone on the booster pad to get signal.