Slacklining

INCLUDING

  • Urban-lining
  • Trick-lining
  • Slackline Yoga

Description

Slacklining is the act of walking or balancing along a suspended length of flat webbing that is tensioned between two anchors.

Who Can Participate

  • Open to all
  • Some Activity Providers may have other restrictions e.g. age, experience or height restrictions.

Safety Rules

  • The minimum dress requirements are: T-shirt, and mid-thigh length shorts, sturdy lace-up jogger style shoes with good grip. Shirts must be tucked in. Long hair should be up and tuck-up in the helmet. Jewellery such as necklaces, bracelets, long earrings, rings and watches, must be removed.
  • All participants and Activity Leaders/Instructors must wear a helmet bearing the stamp of standards of Australia, when in the designated activity area.
  • In special circumstances, eg special needs members, it may be possible for individuals to participate in ropes activities in carefully controlled situations at the discretion of the Activity Leader/Instructor.
  • Participants are not allowed on the rope courses unsupervised.
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SLACKLINING SAFETY GUIDELINES AUSTRALIA

  • Choose appropriate trees for slacklining; Always use tree protection. This protects the tree and your slackline.
  • Trees are the safest option and need to be a minimum of 30-35cm in diameter
  • Trees must be alive and healthy with a good root system.
  • Please avoid attaching your slackline to any ‘soft bark’ trees to avoid damage.
  • 5 to 10 metres long – tightened with a rachet,
  • Height of the slackline should be at the level of the smallest child’s thigh or lower.
  • Never attach your slackline to any government property or private company infrastructure (power poles, sign poles/posts etc), you may be liable for damages and you risk access for all slackliners.
  • Be aware of your environment at all times.
  • Never leave your line unattended…EVER.
  • Check your gear before you use it and regularly whilst you are using it. Sometimes ratchets unlock and shackle pins can work themselves loose.
  • Don’t rig your slackline across a path or place where people walk through regularly. Remember cyclists and pedestrians can easily miss a slackline.
  • Please use wind dampeners or high visibility tape on long lines to make your line clearly visible.
  • BACK UP YOUR GEAR! It’s as simple as tying parts (like a ratchet) to your anchor with the tail of your webbing or a sling.
  • This slackline is not intended for performing any jumps or dynamic tricks
  • Participants should not be allowed to use a slackline unless under constant adult supervision
  • Check your rig; ensure all attachments are secured/done-up before tensioning, monitor during tensioning and final check before walking – sometimes we miss things! Stay safe!
  • Consider rigging your rodeo-lines with a girth hitch to prevent slings slipping off of tree protection.
  • Do not tie any knots in your webbing or extend the length of your webbing by connecting other materials as this will
  • Respect authorities in all situations including police, council workers and parks/recreation officials. If they ask you to take down your line, first explain that you are causing no harm to the trees, if they persist then respect their decision. We need to keep a good reputation for slacklining in Australia.
  • Try to keep the equipment/bags of your community in one place to minimise impact and keep areas free of obstacles for other users of the area.
  • Please be conscious of the environment; leave no trace; take all rubbish with you.
  • Be careful in letting strangers try your lines as you could be liable for damages

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.

Activity Instructor

  • Slacklining – can be done by a qualified Guide leader or leader with low ropes qualification
  • Qualified leaders should be competent in spotting skills
  • Trick-lining – can be done by a qualified slacklining instructor
  • The line must only be 60-90cm above the ground using a minimum 5cm line
  • All other slacklining must have a leader competent In Cert IV Challenge Ropes

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.

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

Forms & Modules – Guide Lines – For Girl Guides and Girl Guide Volunteers 

For Approval – Prior to the Activity

  • 01 Camp/Adventurous-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: 17/05/21 at 12:54 PM