Your safety when participating in The Bay of Fires Walk for Spiritual Seekers

The Bay of Fires Walk for Spiritual Seekers is a relatively low risk activity, however, participants should be aware of the risks involved when conducting the hike. Participants of the walk are asked to sign a Client Informed Consent Form before commencing the walk.

1. The walk consists of approximately 20km walking over two days with participants carrying their own hiking packs that include all essentials (tent/sleeping bag/water/food). The packs can weigh up to 20kg+. Participants are asked to assess whether they have the physical capacity to walk this distance carrying this weight with them. Participants should also ensure they are wearing footwear that is suitable for beach/gravel road walking. Footwear should have good grip and provide comfortable support to the participant’s feet. Organisers will assist participants when moving around difficult or challenging sections of the walk. Participants are asked to take due care and use common sense while conducting the walk.

2. The walk will be paced according to participant’s fitness and energy levels. Participants will be monitored throughout the walk and due care will be taken to ensure participants are taking intermittent rest stops along the way fueling their bodies and hydrating themselves. Participants are asked to provide their own water and food for the entirety of the walk and should let Organisers know of any health concerns before commencing the walk. Participants require rested bodies before attempting the walk and should prepare for this in the lead up to their walking dates. Participants are asked to provide their own small first aid kit with ample supply of band aids/blister patches/mosquito repellant/sunscreen.

3. There is no clean water access along the walk path, participants must provide their own water supply and should ensure they are well hydrated before starting the walk. It is suggested that participants bring a minimum of 4 litres of water for the hike and 5 litres during the summer season. Participants are responsible for taking hydration breaks throughout the entirety of the walk.

4. All participants will carry their own hiking pack on the walk. Organisers may provide these if needed. All packs will be checked before starting the walk, ensuring properly fitted straps and weight distribution. Intermittent stops will be made to take rests from carrying the loaded packs. Packs can weigh up to 20kg and participants should train if able to in the preparation for the walk to ensure their ability to carry the load.

5. Sunburn is a high risk factor due to the reflective nature of the white sand. Participants must bring their own sunscreen and apply this regularly to lower the risk of burning. Participants should also wear sun protective clothing.

6. Participants will provide their own food for the entirety of the walk. They will need to have food high in protein and carbohydrates to fuel their bodies and should bring at least 3 snacks (morning and afternoon Day 1 and morning Day 2) 1 lunch (Day 1), 1 dinner (Day 1) and 1 breakfast (Day 2). Organisers can provide food suggestions for packing should participants require it.

7. Fatigue can be experienced along the walk and every attempt to combat this will be made. Camp will be set up during daylight and participants will bring insulated tents, sleeping bag suitable for the climate, sleeping mat and appropriate clothing for a night in Tasmanian weather conditions. Participants will be given ample time for sleeping so they can walk rested.

8. Weather forecasts will be monitored in the days leading up to proposed walking dates. The walk will not run should the forecasted weather put participants at risk (ie. Low or high temperatures/high winds/rain).

9. Participants are expected to provide their own transport to the walk. Organisers will assist with the logistics of this where they can. Some participants will be required to transport other participants from the end of the walk back to the start to collect cars. Drivers of vehicles should be over the age of 25, have comprehensive vehicle insurance and have driving experience on gravel/dirt roads.

10. Mobile reception is not available for most of the walk due to the remote location. Local authorities will be made aware of the planned walk and the participants involved. Organisers will carry a Distress Signal Beacon which will be activated in the event of an emergency. Participants are expected to take careful precautions to ensure the safety of themselves and fellow participants. Risk taking behaviour will not be tolerated.

11. International travellers must provide Organisers with their travel insurance details before commencing the walk. Organisers will not take international travellers on the walk without the appropriate insurance.

12. Organisers will provide a list of what is required for the walk to participants well in advance of their proposed walk date. A comprehensive risk assessment document is held by the Organisers and can be supplied if required.