All participants intending to race/partake in this event must agree to abide by the following safety and risk warning statement.
Surf boats, surf ski paddlers and other support craft will be patrolling the course for the duration of the Splash and Dash Festival (Aquathon swim section and/or Ocean swims) (hereafter called the Event). If a swimmer feels unable to go on, they should attract the attention of the water safety personnel. DO NOT PANIC, remain stationary, raise your arm and wait for assistance. A swimmer deemed incapable of completing the course will be brought onto one of the support vessels by the water safety team and transported to shore. However, please note that your safety cannot be guaranteed.
Warning is given to all entrants that this is a demanding ocean swim Event. Obvious risks include and are not limited to the following: injury and/or drowning, due to being hit by other persons, objects, boats or vessels. Other obvious risks include, cold weather and water, entry and exit injuries, stings, sandbars, medical conditions and sharks.
Swimmers enter at their own risk and are responsible for their own physical condition. Any swimmer who has not passed the halfway point 1km within 45 minutes of the last age category wave will be removed from the Event and transported to shore.
Any swimmer who does pull out of the Event must notify event officials immediately and return the ankle strap timing chip. Failure to return the timing bracelet will result in a fee of $50. If you withdraw from the Event and need transport to North Beach/Harbour, the Event organisers have supplied a shuttle bus which is located at the security bag drop location at event finish.
Prior to starting your swim, you must cross over the timing mats which are located on the beach. Failure to cross these mats will result in no timed swim. The mats are located between the barriers on the beach, at the starting area, identified by the flags on the beach.
While in the water, all swimmers must comply with the directions of lifeguards and/or the water safety team, if you fail to do so you will be disqualified from the Event.
Activate Events is covered by its own public liability insurance. This does not include personal accident insurance. It is strongly recommended that you take out your own personal accident and ambulance cover for the Event. Your private health insurance policy may include this, however you will need to check this specifically with your private health insurer
There are numerous obvious risks to participating in the ‘Splash and Dash Festival’ (hereafter called the Event).
Obvious risks include and are not limited to the following: injury and/or drowning, due to being hit by other persons, objects or boats, health conditions as cardiac events, Other obvious risks include, cold weather and water, entry and exit injuries, trips and falls, heat/cold extremes, physical exertion, stings, sandbars, medical conditions and sharks. Each entrant should be of competent physical ability to compete the event(s) and where event(s) include water, the swimmer should be a competent ocean/surf swimmer.
Each participant will be required to wear a timing Bracelet (Aquathon), swim cap (Aquathon/swim) run/walk identification bib or identifiable event band.
Officials maintain the right to reject or refuse any entry.
Medical officers commissioned by Activate Events have the authority to remove a competitor from the event without reason.
All participants must be unaided; eg no flippers, wet suits, boards, or any other floating gear is permitted except for the ‘Families, Flippers Wetsuits and Floaties’ category. All swimmers must swim the prescribed course. Runners must wear appropriate apparel, running suitable shoes.
All swimmers are to wear their prescribed cap and timing bracelet.
The decisions of the Race Director are final. All participants are to behave in a sportsman like manner.
In consideration of the Event agreeing at my request to accept the entry of the minor applicant I agree for myself, my heirs, executors and administrators to indemnify and keep indemnified the Indemnified Parties against all actions, suits, claims, proceedings, demands, cost, expenses, liabilities or judgments which the applicant and I may have against the Indemnified Parties but for the terms of this agreement in respect of any death, injury, damage or loss sustained by the minor applicant as the result of the minor applicant’s participation in the Event. I affirm that I have full authority on behalf of both Parents and/or Guardian to sign this indemnity AND that this indemnity may be pleaded as a bar to any action claim demand suit or legal proceedings.
THE SPLASH & DASH FESTIVAL IS SUBJECT TO WEATHER CONDITIONS ON THE DAY. IF THE CONDITIONS ARE ASSESSED TO BE TOO DANGEROUS FOR THE EVENT TO PROCEED, THERE WILL BE NO RE-RUN OF THE EVENT AND ENTRIES WILL NOT BE REFUNDABLE. THE PROCEEDS FROM THE EVENT ARE DIRECTED TO SIGNIFICANT COSTS FOR EVENT STAGING AND DONATIONS TO SERVICE PROVIDERS/CHARITIES.
The Event policies and management practices ensures high professional standards in the delivery of the Event are maintained, whilst prioritising safety and reducing hazards to swimmers and personnel involved in the Event.
The Event will ensure that all competitors have access to a fair and equitable process in dealing with grievance and provide an avenue for competitors to affect their final position.
Activate Events respects your ability to make informed choices about the collection and use of your personal information. The Event respects your right to privacy and we are bound by National Privacy Principles in the Privacy Act. We use personal information collected from competitors to inform them of competition details or advance notice of competitions. We consider that information provided by you to us is sensitive and deserves to be handled with the utmost care. For this reason, all files are strictly confidential and all information is classified.
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On the Day of the Splash and Dash Festival (now called the Event) there will be a full briefing for all water and land safety directly involved, in regards to any major risk or incident, requiring all swimmers to evacuate the water or runners to evacuate the course
The statistical percentages of support vessels to swimmers shows that our Risk Management Plan, specific to water safety and support paddlers, incorporates the necessary protocols and numbers on the water to effectively have a full Emergency Evacuation Plan in place.