For persons wishing to become a member of the North West Walking Club, please read all the information on this page.
Please also download and read the Code of Conduct and the 2 Information sheets for Prospective Members.
Please feel free to register your interest by filling in the Membership Application form found further down the page.
You are under no obligation when you fill this form in. Once you have filled in the first form you will be directed to the form for website access. Access is only granted if you actually pay your registration fee and the site Admin has accepted your request. If you still need more information after reading this page please fill out the club contact form found in the Contact NWWC menu.
NORTH WEST WALKING CLUB
Walking with the Club
To participate in a club walk, you must join as a prospective member by firstly completing an Application for Membership form. (This form can be found further down the page). This will allow you then to participate in all club activities.
Your prospective membership is valid for 6 months and a fee of $5.00 is payable to the Membership Officer (at Club Meetings) or Coordinator (on your first walk) or by direct deposit, details can be found on the application form.
During this six month period you are expected to take the necessary steps to become a full member. This basically involves undertaking and completing 3 walks and attending a Training Day. There is a section on the Application for Membership form that allows the Coordinators to comment on your walking ability during the qualifying period.
If you are not able to complete these membership requirements and wish to extend your prospective membership you must contact the Membership Officer to discuss.
The Club meets on the 1st and 3rd Monday of the month (or as programmed) at the Ulverstone High School on the corner of Leven and Walker Streets. Proceedings get underway at 7:30pm. We have guest speakers often and media presentations. These meetings offer a great chance to extend your contact with Club members and meet new friends. Bush walking can be a strenuous pastime. You are expected to have a reasonable level of health and fitness before undertaking any walk.
OUTLINE OF THE CLUB
The North West Walking Club was formed in April 1960 with an initial membership of 20. It has now grown considerably. In addition to bush walking, the Club organises activities which feature other outdoor pursuits. The activities are detailed in the Club Magazine and Walks Programme (Walks programme can be found further down the page). The Club aims to follow the principle of Minimal Impact Bushwalking.
The Club has maintained throughout its history a personal, friendly and social atmosphere through varied and regular social functions.
APPLICATION FOR PROSPECTIVE MEMBERSHIP
Full details of membership are in our Constitution, however an outline of the three classes of membership are as follows:
Senior and Junior Membership Complete three day walks (or two day walks and one overnight walk) to the satisfaction of the relevant coordinators and attend a training session. Associate Membership As approved by the Executive Committee.
RISK WAIVER FOR MEMBERSHIP
The NWWC operates all club activities on a peer to peer basis. Peers have equal rights and responsibilities. Thus each Participant in Club activities bears the primary responsibility for their own well-being and safety: all Participants must know and accept this to limit liability. It is a requirement for Club Membership.
- Please read the Code of Conduct download here CODE OF CONDUCT
- Please read the Information sheet for Prospective Members Download Guide to Bushwalking for Prospective members
MEMBERSHIP RISK WAIVER
In voluntarily participating in any activity of the North West Walking Club I am aware that this may expose me to risk that could lead to injury, illness, death or loss of or damage to property. I accept that Coordinators are untrained volunteers who organise activities commensurate with my being self-reliant. I accept full responsibility for ensuring my own well-being and will cooperate with others to ensure I do not put anyone at increased risk.
Risks may include but are not limited to slippery, loose and / or uneven surfaces, rocks being dislodged, falling at edges of cliffs or drops or elsewhere, scrub, foul weather, snow, ice, strong wind, risks associated with crossing creeks, hypothermia, heat exhaustion, bites, vehicle failures, being lost and poor or no communication. I am aware of and accept there may be no first aid available on Club trips.
To minimise these risks I will endeavour to ensure: That any activity in which I participate is within my capabilities and that I am carrying food, water and equipment appropriate for the activity. I agree to advise the activity Coordinator if I am taking any medication or have any physical or other limitations that might affect my participation in any Activity.
I will make every effort to remain with the Party during any Activity and accept a consensus of the Party or instruction from the Coordinator of the activity.I have read or heard and understand the requirements, I have considered the risks before choosing to sign this Waiver. I still wish to participate in the activities of the North West Walking Club. I agree by accepting this form to waive any claim for damage, loss, injury or death arising from any Club activity that I, my executors and assigns may have against the club, the Coordinator or other Participants in tort or contract
MEMBERSHIP FORM (IF YOU ARE A MEMBER PLEASE LOG IN TO THE SITE AND FILL IN THE FORM UNDER THE MEMBERS AREA MENU OR GO TO THE MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL FORM.
THIS FORM HERE IS FOR PROSPECTIVE MEMBERS ONLY)
PROCESS FOR MEMBERSHIP
Once you have completed your qualifying walks and have attended the Training Session, your application for membership will be presented to the Club. Upon acceptance and payment of fees, you will become a member.
TRAINING SESSION FOR PROSPECTIVE MEMBER
These are programmed at regular intervals throughout the year (usually one per quarter).
Coordinators, as prospective members usually do not get to see forthcoming events, please remind then at your walks of the need to complete a training day in order to become a full member of the club.
Its time again for prospective members who have not already done so, to get their training completed to qualify to become a senior member. Please register early.
Summer 2016/17 Training Day TBA
Coordinator Max French
Contact Phone No: 0427279011
Walks Grade: N/A
Meeting Point: 17 Park Drive East Devonport
The scheduled start time is TBA
Registrations close TBA
Event Duration: TBA
This programme is issued quarterly. Copies are available on the Website, at the Club Meetings, all good Bushwalking Shops and at local Information Centres. If interested in a walk, register on the Walks Register, which is circulated during the Club Meeting before the walk, or contact the Coordinator on or before the Wednesday prior to the walk.
|Long Marsh Dam Walk Grade: 2 Coordinator Leanne Hays Ph: 64232844 Sat Jun 24, 2017, Sun Jun 25, 2017 Days to go 28|
|Flinders Ranges South Australia Walk Grade: 3 Coordinator Philip Hays Ph: 64323746 Wed Sep 20, 2017 @07:30, Wed Sep 27, 2017 @17:00 Days to go 117|
To print out the current walks click here.
The 'North West Walker' is published quarterly to keep members up to date on walks information and other activities of the Club. As a prospective member you can purchase a copy from the Treasurer. Once you have qualified as a senior/junior member, you will receive the Walker as part of your membership and have access to the Members' area on the website.
NWWC walks are graded from 1 to 6. Grade 1 being the easiest. Prospective members may find their first walk quite hard so easy walks are recommended as a start.Some walks may be “through walks” and as such all members must be fit enough to complete the distance. Generally, with higher grades the breaks become shorter and the walking speed increases. Please check with the Coordinator about specific descriptions of conditions to be encountered on programmed walk.
Grade 1: Relatively easy terrain with mainly on track or beach walking.
Grade 2: Relatively easy terrain with mainly on track walking at mid level altitude.
Grade 3: Mid level altitude and may involve some time spent through trackless open bushland. Reasonable level of fitness required.
Grade 4: Mountain track and may include scrub, steep uphill walking and / or rock hopping. Good level of fitness required.
Grade 5: Mountain off track, similar to Grade 4 with longer distances, or steeper uphill walking, or other conditions adding to walking difficulty. Suitable for fit people with extensive walking experience.
Grade 6: Strenuous walking covering longer distances and /or very difficult terrain. Suitable only for very fit walkers with extensive experience.
Please note: The NWWC Grading System does not take into account changing weather conditions.
GEAR & EQUIPMENT
It isn't necessary to purchase all of your equipment at once as you won't need everything immediately. Take some time to discover what type of walking you like, observe other walkers' gear on trips and consult experienced walkers. You'll find that gear is a favourite subject.
The following is considered essential for a day walk:
Day pack (large enough for all your gear) Strong comfortable boots
Layers of clothing (thermals or wool, no jeans) Good quality raincoat
Hat, gloves and spare thermals Water and food
First-aid kit and personnel medical items Change of clothes left at the car
Let someone know before you go