We are committed to ensuring all trekkers have access to the information they need to have a safe and enjoyable experience both in training and on Event Day. As with any Coastrek event, trekkers are responsible for their safety and preparedness throughout their Coastrek journey, including on Event Day. This will require a little discussion/preparation pre-event.
We also recommend downloading the free Emergency+ App on your phone if doing any trekking outdoors. It's a handy App which can provide your GPS coordinates to emergency services if required. We doubt you will need it although it's super handy.
FOR LIFE-THREATENING ISSUES ON EVENT DAY
- Call 000
- Use the Emergency Plus app to call 000 and give them your exact GPS coordinates.
- Advise Coastrek HQ 0411 344 138 via text, with your team name, injured person’s name, and nature of injury, to keep us updated.
FOR NON-LIFE-THREATENING ISSUES ON EVENT DAY
- Refer to the St John app on how to treat injuries and illnesses
- Use your first aid kit
- Call your support crew if you need their help
- If you are in doubt of the severity of the injury call 000
- Advise Coastrek HQ 0411 344 138 via text, with your team name, injured person’s name, and nature of injury, to keep us updated
Remember! One person must stay with the injured person while the other/s get help. Focus on making the injured person comfortable and reassure them help is on the way.
NOTE: As with any such activity, there are hazards and risks associated with the Coastrek. Wild Women On Top recommend that, at minimum, you have ambulance cover in case of emergency during the event.
FOR WITHDRAWALS ON EVENT DAY – TEXT COASTREK HQ 0411 344 138
- Individual withdrawals: Advise us via text, with their full name, your team name, and bib number.
- Whole team withdrawals: Advise us via text, with your team name, and bib numbers.
Before your event, save these numbers to your phone:
- Set Emergency Contact
- Your doctor
- Nearest hospital
- Poison helpline
Emergency Evacuation / Change to course
- Check the BOM (Bureau of Meteorology) or credible source for weather events
- Check your local SES website for bushfire danger or activity on your route. SES: NSW – QLD – VIC – ACT – SA – WA – TAS – NT
- Check in with the local Police or National Parks Association if you are going to be walking in a remote area
In case of an emergency/dangerous weather/danger on your chosen route (e.g. electrical storm, heavy rain, high winds, bushfires, "acts of god"), attempt to re-route your course, postpone your start time, or agree with your team to postpone your event to the next day or the following weekend.
Use a paper map or a digital event map, with location services turned on, on your phone, and zoom in to find the nearest trail / road to get you out into an urban area. Call your support crew and arrange a pickup point if you need assistance.
Electrical Storm / Lightning
In the event of an unexpected electrical storm, seek shelter:
- in a 'hard top' (metal bodied) vehicle or solid building but avoid small open structures or fabric tents.
- If far from shelter, crouch (alone, feet together), preferably in a hollow. Remove metal objects from head/body. Don't lie down flat but avoid being the highest object in the vicinity.
- If your hair stands on end or you hear 'buzzing' nearby, move immediately.
- At night, a blue glow may show if an object is about to be struck.
Avoid the following:
- Lone trees, rocks, rock overhangs, mouths of caves
- Metal Items: Set aside any metal items such as hiking poles
- Water: Ocean, harbour, heavily soaked ground, and small pools of water
Remember the 30/30 Rule: Count the seconds between when you first spot lightning and when you hear thunder. If it is less than 30 seconds, act immediately. Once you have heard the last rumbling of thunder, to ensure the storm has passed, wait for another 30 minutes before continuing on your way.
We highly recommend:
- Enlisting the support of family and friends as support crew
- Sharing the details of your intended route with friends
- Check in regularly with family and friends throughout the day
- Before event day, please discuss with team members where you may be able to access find aid near your chosen route
- Please do not walk of you are feeling unwell
- Please walk within the Government Guidelines for Covid 19
- We recommend choosing a route appropriate to your level of experience, training and comfort – whether that uis a National Park, rugged coastline or more urban “café crawl”
The Coastrek team will be there on the day (virtually). On Event Day (Friday 4 Sept), the Coastrek team will be available via phone to assist you, as well as in real time on social media to boost morale, offer advice or guidance, and generally support you during your journey. (Details of how to contact us will be sent to you prior to event day)