Safety and health at HADEDA Creek
HADEDA Creek is committed to safeguarding the health and safety of all of our guests. We understand that when it comes to School Camps, parents may be especially concerned about the wellbeing of their children.
In our 25 years of running school camps, we have built up a system of safety standards to protect all of our guests and we have never lost a child or had a child suffer any serious injuries. We have created a disciplined approach which we apply during all activities and especially water-based activities.
These safety measures include:
- Life jackets and helmets are compulsory for all participants and are supplied by HADEDA Creek.
- All river guides are river trained and qualified
- The guide to student ratio is always 10:1 for basic rafting and raft building, increasing to 7:1 should the water flow get above level 2.
- Those who are uncomfortable in water are given a special coloured helmet to make the guides more aware.
- Children aged 15 years and younger do the shorter river trip, those over 15 years can do the longer session
- At every serious rapid (one deemed to be big enough to tip a raft), the crew will pre-setup and a guide will be located at all tip spots to help the rafts pass easily.
- At every serious rapid or obstacle there is a recall and count.
River rafting is the most popular activity but is not compulsory. Should a student not want to raft they are given alternative activities to do. We use a buddy system whereby each person in camp is paired with a buddy and they must confirm with each other every 30 minutes (no matter what they are doing) and report to the facilitators if they cannot locate each other (on all activities).
We conduct a very inclusive safety briefing before the students go on the water. They learn the basics of safe paddling as well as all the emergency calls and procedures. They practice in the calm water before heading into the rapid sections. If we note a paddling team that does not work well together, we change until we have a coordinated team operating the raft. Students that are very nervous or are physically impaired can partner with a guide.
We are dedicated to the safety of our students and assure parents that we take every precaution to ensure the wellbeing of their children. For any safety questions, please feel free to contact us.