Program safety policy

OceanFit places the highest priority on the health and safety of program participants and instructors.

Our culture of safety is paramount to our ability to deliver the ‘hands-on’ experiential learning philosophy that our participants thrive on.

OceanFit water safety policy

The ocean is a natural, powerful and unpredictable environment. To operate in this environment requires a significant focus on safety and risk management.

OceanFit takes safety very seriously and risk management and water safety is integral to the operation of every session.

Every necessary step will be taken to ensure the safety of both the participants and instructors.

Participant prerequisites for safety

Each participant will have the following prerequisites to entry:

For water based activities:

Age Swim (continuous) Survival Stroke
13+ 50m (any stroke) 1 minute (tread)

 

Children (OceanFit Kids)

Age Swim (continuous) Survival Stroke
5 10m (any stroke) 30 seconds (float and tread)
6 15m (any stroke) 30 seconds (float and tread)
7 25m (any stroke) 1 minute (float and tread)
8 25m (any stroke) 1 minute (float and tread)
9 50m (freestyle) 1 minute (float and tread)
10 50m (freestyle) 1 minute (float and tread)
11 100m (freestyle) 2 minutes (float and tread)
12 100m (freestyle) 2 minutes (float and tread)

For all activities:

Provided with, and asked to read and sign^ an online health and safety declaration form before first OceanFit session.

^Parent/Guardian to sign form on behalf of their children.

Minimum session components

Each session will have the following minimum safety components:

(1) Safety induction 

Participants will receive a safety induction including a review of the currents conditions at the commencement of the session.

(2) Minimum clothing accessories (water-based)

One or both of the following:

  • A coloured OceanFit rash vest for high visibility and sun protection
  • A bright yellow latex/silicone OceanFit swim cap for high visibility

(3) A warm up & stretch will be conducted at the beginning of each active session

(4) Programs will be run when lifesavers/lifeguards are on patrol, with the following location exceptions:

  • Beaches on wild swimming and training camps
  • Ocean pools
  • Rivers
  • Lakes
  • Harbour beaches

(5) A visual risk assessment will be conducted before the session to determine the best location to run activities

(6) Activities will be conducted within 250m of the shore line

(7) Instructors will have a first aid kit, mobile phone and access to participant emergency contact information available at all times

(8) The maximum number of participants in an OceanFit group will be 12 participants

Maximum Instructor:Participant ratios:

  • Adult 13+ – 1:6
  • Child (7-12) – 1:4
  • Child (5-6) – 1:2

Ratios may be reduced to match competency of participants.

(9) Instructors will have a piece of rescue equipment (i.e. rescue tube, rescue board, surf ski) with them at all times.

Participant equipment and clothing safety considerations

Every participant is required to wear the following clothing/accessories during OceanFit sessions:

Water-based activities:

  • Participants to wear the swimsuit of their choice
  • In cold water, less than 18°C, full wetsuits are encouraged
  • OceanFit yellow latex/silicone swim cap
  • Goggles are highly recommended, but not compulsory
  • Water resistent sunscreen is suggested.

Land/sand-based activities:

  • Appropriate footwear (if off the sand)
  • Appropriate clothing
  • Sun protective clothing and sunscreen is suggested.

For more information about the OceanFit Risk Management and Water Safety Plan contact us.

Last updated: 01 November 2016