Original document date: 30/12/2018
This version: Version 1
Version date: 30/12/2018
Next due for review: 30/12/2019

Purpose

To ensure the safety of members in the event of a medical emergency incident during training.

Background

Camden Haven Dragon Boats Inc. is committed to ensuring the safety of members at all times. In the event of an on-water incident, communication with Marine Rescue Camden Haven is essential.

Responsibilities

The Committee is responsible for ensuring this procedure is readily accessible by all members and included in the induction of every new Club endorsed coach and sweep.

Sweeps and coaches are responsible for ensuring they adhere to this policy and follow the associated procedure. All accredited L1 coaches have current First Aid qualifications. While not mandatory for sweeps, it is recommended that they also have current First Aid qualifications.

Policy

Every time a Camden Haven Dragons Inc boat goes on the water for a training session, the sweep must contact Marine Rescue Camden Haven with information as outlined in the associated procedure.

Procedure

  1. Before a boat goes on the water for a training session, the sweep must contact Marine Rescue Camden Haven by radio with the following information.
    • Number of persons on board (including sweep and coach)
    • Direction and extent of travel
    • Expected time of return to the boat ramp
  2. The radio must be left “ON” and at high enough volume throughout the training session so the sweep can hear any call from Marine Rescue.
  3. When a boat returns to the boat ramp from a training session the sweep must contact Marine Rescue Camden Haven by radio confirming that the boat and all persons on board have arrived on shore safely.
  4. In the event that a medical emergency occurs on the water the sweep on board will:
    • contact Marine Rescue Camden Haven by radio and request an ambulance be called.
    • The boat will then proceed to the closest point where  an ambulance can be met. The list of access points is kept on the boat.
  5. In the event that a medical emergency occurs on land prior to or following a training session, the coach of the boat and/or sweep will:
    • contact Marine Rescue Camden Haven by radio and request an ambulance be called to the boat ramp at Laurieton United Services Club,
    • or, contact an ambulance directly by mobile phone.
  6. If the use of a defibrillator is necessary, the coach of the boat and/or sweep will initiate its correct use. The defibrillator is stored securely in the dragon boat storage shed next to Laurieton United Services Club.
  7. Guidelines on how to proceed in the case of a medical emergency on water or on land will be distributed to all members.

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