Expeditions

Includes

  • Hiking
  • Mountaineering – if in snow, see Snow Camping
  • Canoeing/kayaking
  • Car
  • Wilderness

Description

An exploration, journey, or voyage undertaken by a group of people

Who Can Participate

Open to members who are 14 +.

Some Activity Providers may have additional age or height restrictions.

Safety Rules

Download Camping GPG

  • Minimum activity group size to be 4 participants.
  • After training and practical experience, Guides aged 14 – 17 years can walk without an adult group leader in open countryside as long as they are supervised by a suitably qualified adult (a supervisor ensures the participants safety and well-being during the walk, but does not have to be with the group at all times).
  • If the intention is to stay overnight, the activity is then considered as an Expedition, relevant qualified personnel will be required.
  • If activity is longer than 6hrs then a Activity Leader/Instructor with one of the following qualifications needs to be with group
    • Conduct Expeditions
    • Cert iv in bushwalking
    • Conduct canoe /kayak activities
    • Cert iv in Guide Canoe/kayak grade 2 water
  • If Mountaineering in snow please also see Snow Camping
  • If car expedition please see Transport Policy
  • If Canoeing/kayaking please see Canoe/Kayaking
  • If Bushwalking also see bushwalking – put link also see Definition from Australian Bush Walking website
  • If the proposed route is further than 30 minutes from an accessible road or refuge with a landline telephone the Activity Leader/Instructor needs to carry one of the following emergency equipment:
    • Satellite phone
    • EPIRB
    • PLB – Personal Location Beacon
    • GPS

Supervision Requirements

Refer to Girl Guides Australia Ratios at a Glance

Leader in Charge

  • The LiC must ensure that all participants are informed of appropriate clothing and/or personal equipment prior to the activity.
  • The LiC must organise and collect the ADM.27 from youth members and ADM.28 from adults. The LiC must inform the Activity Instructor of any health conditions or behaviour issues with participants.
  • The LiC must have an appropriate first aid kit suitable for the activity present at the activity venue.
  • The LiC must ensure participants have water and food appropriate to the activity.
  • The LiC is responsible for all participants when they are not participating in the activity.
  • The LiC must hold the appropriate qualifications for the planned expedition.

Conduct Expedition Module

  • Conduct Outdoor camp at Bush campsite – and meet the requirements of an adventure-based activity. The LIC sources an appropriate non-guiding instructor, whether individual or company, who has specific knowledge and skills in running expeditions and meets the relevant insurance obligations of an Adventure-based activity provider. This instructor must be approved by the state.  The LIC is too remain responsible for all members participating in this activity at all times.
  • Certificate iv Outdoor Ed Bush Walking Guide Intermediate Environment
  • For mountaineering and wilderness must have SISOBWG406A Apply bushwalking skills in uncontrolled landscapes
  • For Canoeing – hold conduct canoe/kayak activity and expedition or Cert iv in expedition and canoe/kayak
  • The first aid minimum requirements for an Expedition qualification is HLTAID011 Provide First Aid.  The State Outdoors Manager/Consultant may require the expedition leader to hold a higher level of first aid qualification, eg Provide First Aid in Remote or Isolated Site (HLTAID013), if it is identified as applicable in the risk assessment for a particular expedition.

Activity Instructor

Many outdoor activity centres will use in-house instructor qualifications. If you are unsure if they are accepted or alternative qualifications are held, contact your State Outdoor Activities Manager to ensure the instructor’s qualification is suitable.

The appropriate qualifications are as follows:

  • Conduct Expedition Module
  • Certificate iv Outdoor Ed Bush Walking Guide Intermediate Environment
  • For mountaineering and wilderness must have SISOBWG406A Apply bushwalking skills in uncontrolled landscapes
  • Conduct Canoe/Kayak activities as well as Conduct Expedition
  • Certificate iv in Instruct Canoe/Kayak Activities
  • The first aid minimum requirements for an Expedition qualification is HLTAID011 Provide First Aid.  The State Outdoors Manager/Consultant may require the expedition leader to hold a higher level of first aid qualification, eg Provide First Aid in Remote or Isolated Site (HLTAID013), if it is identified as applicable in the risk assessment for a particular expedition.

Questions to be asked when looking for an Activity Provider

  • The Activity Leader/Instructor is to brief all participants on safety and the care of equipment prior to the activity.
  • It is suggested that the Activity Leader / Instructor provide ground training prior to the commencement of the activity if relevant.
  • Obtain permission from relevant authorities for access and use of land and waterbodies. Examples are: National Parks, State forests and private landowners.
  • The ratified Activity Leader/ Instructor must have knowledge of the locality, facilities, and terrain and weather conditions of the area that the activity will be taking place.
  • Should there be inclement weather the LiC and ratified instructor will need to negotiate whether the activity should proceed or be postponed.
  • Activity Leaders/ Instructors must have a first aid kit and appropriate rescue equipment readily accessible to all participants.

Notification Forms Required

For Approval – Prior to the Activity

  • 01 Camp/Adventure-based/Event: Notification /Application
  • 56B Risk Assessment and Plan (Outdoor Activities & Events & Camps)
  • Activity Provider Risk Management Plan

At the Activity

  • Participants are required to have completed: ADM.27 for Youth Members or ADM.28 for Adults
  • 24a Notification of Accident
  • 24b Notification of Incident

After the Activity

  • 03 Camp/Adventure-based/ Event Report Form

Last Modified: 26/05/21 at 1:29 PM