Training and Safety

The HWC Search, Rescue and Training Sub-Committee (SR&T) supervises training and safety and helps organise searches.

The objectives are to:

  • Oversee Club training trip operations
  • Promote the Club's search and rescue roles
  • Advise the Club on training in leadership, bush skills and bush safety
  • Advise the Club on general safety aspects of bushwalking
  • Have an operational call out list.

Safety is vitally important to all our activities. The Club has produced a book Safety in the Bush and a small booklet to be carried with you called Bushwalking - Emergency Management. Both are free to Members and available in some bookshops.

As part of the joining process prospective members do an Essential Skills Day to learn about bushcraft, basic navigation and basic first aid. We also run a training weekend in May and other training days throughout the year.

Bush Safety

Safety in the Bush

The book - Safety in the Bush - is produced by the SR&T Sub-Committee. It is an excellent guide for walking in Tasmania and is free to members and is also available for sale at some bookshops. It should be noted that since publication of the current Safety in the Bush edition the duties of a "leader" have been changed to better reflect that each walker must be primarily responsible for their own safety and well-being

The book is a comprehensive guide to planning and preparation for walking in the bush - whether on day trips, overnight or extended walks. It provides tips for identifying potential dangers, both before the trip, during the planning stage and while in the bush. It shows how to walk, ski and camp in the snow and how to find your way (route finding and navigation). It also looks at how to deal with any medical or other emergency that arises (first aid in the bush, emergency procedures); and provides a guide to walking in the bush while preserving the natural environment.

Safety in the Bush Contents

  • Rights and responsibilities
  • The party
  • The trip
  • Equipment and clothing
  • Food
  • Walking and camping in the snow
  • Skiing
  • Route finding and navigation
  • Dangers and difficulties
  • Emergency procedures
  • First aid in the bush

Bushwalking - Emergency Management

This booklet is designed to be carried with you on every bushwalk. It contains essential information to help you deal with an accident, illness or emergency. It is written on waterproof paper and weighs only 42 grams.