The Club’s Training and Development Policy and Risk Management Policy reflect the high importance we place on providing effective training and encouraging safety consciousness and self-reliance in our members. 

Checking Map DGOOur safety record - The Club has maintained an excellent safety record over its long history. Bushwalking skills and knowledge passed to members generally, and especially to our activity leaders, help ensure we maintain the best and safest walking experiences.

Our training opportunities - These begin with a prospective member’s Introductory Walk. Existing members are strongly encouraged and assisted to continue developing their bushwalking skills, such as leadership, risk management, first aid, navigation (map and compass, and GPS) and multi-day walking. The Club's Committee includes the position of Training & Safety Officer, who has responsibility to coordinate the training and safety program for members.

Personal responsibility - The Club expects you as a member to:

  1. Take personal responsibility to ensure: a) that you have suitable skills and knowledge to participate safely in the Club's bushwalking program (e.g. awareness of risks such as bushfire, dehydration, and injury and how to manage them); and b) that you are able to contribute effectively to the group's safety while on an activity.
  2. Make the most of our activities and training opportunities to improve and expand your bushwalking skills and self-reliance. Members are supported in maintaining first aid qualifications with subsidies available from the Club for approved training courses.

Am I covered by insurance?

Bushwalking Australia organises a National Insurance Scheme providing Public Liability, Personal Accident and Associations Liability Insurance cover to clubs affiliated with HikeWest. This includes the Perth Bushwalkers Club, with a percentage of your membership fee going towards the cost of these insurances. 

See the FAQs below for further information: (this summarises what is covered)