Active Walking- Safety Briefing
The most important thing is that you stay safe and healthy when you head out for walk!
Whilst walking in the Active Zone should be a relatively safe activity, there are a number of things to consider before you head out onto the trail.
Tell Someone Where You're Going
- Let them know where you are going, what route you are taking etc.
- Tell them who is going with you...
- Let them know what time you will be back...
- Then don't forget to let them know once you're safely back.
Tell someone the details of your walking trip, even if you won't be long
You won't always get a mobile signal everywhere so this simple safety tip of telling someone where you are going and how long you will be is very important.
Don't Push Yourself Too Much
- Don't over exert yourself or you may not enjoy it
- Take plenty of rests
- Drink plenty of water
- Take enough food for the walk, plus some extra for emergencies
Plan your walk so you remain within your ability (and the members of your team)
- Be aware of brambles, low hanging branches.
- Even established footpaths can be uneven- watch your step.
- Use walking sticks or trekking poles for extra stability.
- Check depth of mud/water before walking in.
- Watch out for wild or farm animals.
- Take torches/reflectives in out after dark.
Research the route and the expected terrain. Go slowly through unfamiliar terrain.
Clothing and Equipment
- Check weather reports and wear/pack clothing as required
- Assume the weather could get worse than expected- plan for this
- Ensure boots/shoes are well fitted and comfortable
- Test everything before you go to check it works and you know how to use it
- Keep electronic equipment dry by using tubs or bags.
- Take spares of important items such as GPS, map or compass.
Keep yourself comfortable by wearing weather and terrain appropriate clothing. Ensure your equipment is working and suitable/
Professional Training: Nothing can compare to professional training delivered by qualified trainers who can carefully guide you through how to safely learn and practice the required techniques in a controlled environment.
Medical Advice: Before taking part in a new sport or activity you should consult your doctor or other healthcare worker to identify any potential risks to your wellbeing. This is particularly important if you are pregnant, elderly, suffered previous injuries, suffering from a long term medical condition, or disabled. Whilst these conditions do not preclude you from taking part in most activities, getting advise can help you adapt to suit your individual needs.