Lake Joondalup Archery Club provides the opportunity to partcipate in a low impact sport that insurance companies rate as less dangerous than golf 9. Archery is one of the few sports that is suitable for all ages, genders, levels of physical ability and seasons 1. Joining us enables you to be active physically, mentally and socially. We recognise that an unsafe environment has the potential to negatively impact on the health and well-being of our members and students and therefore have the following measures in place to prevent injury and promote safety 59.
Practical Prevention of Injuries
- When setting targets up check the field for trip hazards 36.
- Before commencement of archery, danger signs and bunting must be in place 61.
- A minimum 50m over-shoot safety zone must be behind the furthest target 36.
- Shooting is controlled by the Director of Shooting and Range Safety Officer. For further information see Range Safety .
- All student archers MUST wear an armguard. See Common Archery Injuries for further information on this subject. In addition to an armguard, finger tabs and chest guard may be required 36.
- In addition to instruction in the sport of archery, our accredited Archery Instructors teach students warm up exercises that specifically cater to the muscle groups used in archery 60.
- All student archers shall receive instruction in range safety before commencement of shooting 36.
- Members are encouraged to wear full track suits in cold conditions, particularly before commencing archery to ensure that muscles are kept warm. Stretching and warm up exercises are also recommended 60.
- When approaching a target to retrieve arrows, approach the target from the side, taking care not to trip over arrows that may be protruding from the ground 36.
- When pulling arrows out of the target, the retriever should ensure that nobody is standing within 1m directly behind him/her so as to aviod striking anyone with the back of an arrow 36.
- When scoring, keep well back from protruding arrows to avoid the rear of arrows coming into contact with the face 36.
- Use an arrow puller if arrows prove difficult to remove. Seek assistance when pulling stuck arrows.
- A child is defined as a person under the age of 18 according to the WA Working With Children (Criminal Record Checking) Bill 2004 "child".
- Kids aged 14 (a "minor") and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times when at the club.
- Archery Instructors must hold a Working with Children Clearance and/or be a parent of a child who is a member of the club, or meet exemption criteria.
- In addition to parental supervision, kids under 14 are to remain under the supervision of an accredited Archery Instructor, the Director of Shooting or a Committee member at all times whilst they are at the club.
- A parent or guardian of a minor(s) leaving the club grounds, for ANY period or ANY reason, must take the minor(s) with them.
- For further information on working with children clearances in Western Australia see Fact Sheet.
- Click here to go to the Western Australian Working With Children website.
Maintenance of Equipment
- Before issuing club bows to student archers, the limbs and riser should be checked for cracking, the bow string and servings for signs of wear, the nocking point is secure and central, a no-gloves fitted if the bow is recurve, or a release aid is issued if the bow is a compound with a draw weight in excess of 12lbs. All club bows must have an arrow rest fitted 36.
- Club arrows must be straight, fletched, tipped and nocked before issue to student archers. Depending on student numbers, students shall be issued with hip quivers in preference to ground quivers 36.
- Target butts should have centres repacked as they become worn out 36. Old boiler suits have proved to be an ideal packing material. Danage target centres should be replaced as necessary.
- Members should check their equipment, in accordance with manufacturer's instructions, before commencement of archery 61. At all tournaments, an accredited Judge will inspect your bow, release aid and arrows for safety and compliance.
The following should be worn when participating in the sport of archery:
- Closed in footwear 61.
- An armguard 61.
- Finger tabs, a release aid, or a shooting glove, i.e something that will prevent direct contact between the bow string and fingers 61.
- Sun glasses when collecting arrows.
- A chest guard if necessary 61.
- A quiver, arrows should not be carried in hands when walking back from the target.
- A hat.
The club provides, as a benefit of membership:
- A SunSmart compliant legionnaire peaked cap to compound archers.
- A SunSmart compliant bucket hat to recurve archers (most recurve archers are unable to wear a peak cap as the peak makes contact with the bow string).
- A tube of SPF 30+ sports suncreen for inclusion into the archer's quiver.
- A good quality armguard.
- Each year, we offer members the opportunity to become qualified Archery Instructors through Archery Australia, with course fees covered by the club. This course produces instructors that are trained in injury prevention and conducting the sport of archery in a safe manner. The course also covers instructing disabled individuals participating in archery. As such, this course is specific to the sport that we are engaged in.
- The Western Australian Department of Sports and Recreation offer free on-line generic courses in introductory coaching and officiating. These courses also cover issues that make a club a safer environment (such as warm up and RICE). Importantly, the introductory course in officiating covers dispute resolution. A certificate is issued after completion of an on-line exam.
- For those members that don't require to hold a current Firt Aid certificate as part of their employment, they are available through St John's Ambulance (fees apply). We encourage all members to hold a current First Aid certificate.
- Sports Medicine Australia also offer generic courses, including on-line courses, that attract fees. We encourage members to participate in these courses.
First Aid and Emergencies
- Children 14 and under MUST be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times. In case of an emergency, a child needs a parent around. Obvious, but often forgotten.
- An ice pack should be on hand to treat soft tissue bow slap injuries. If an ice pack is not available, the drinking fountains have refrigerated water that can be used as an alternative for treatment of soft tissue injuries.
- At all times, a member will be in attendance who is qualified in First Aid.
- A First Aid kit is stored, and readily accessible in the club shed.
- A record of ANY first aid and/or medical treatment provided must be kept.
- Dial 000 in event of emergency. Follow operator's instructions.
- Ambulance and Fire Engine access is via St Stephens Crescent, Tapping, canteen entrance.
- Muster area in the event of a fire is on the playing field.
- Fire wardens are Instructors wearing flourescent lime green safety vests. In the event of a building fire the only rooms we have access to are the Toilet and club shed. These should be checked and vacated.
Archery Australia Safety Policy
We also adhere to Archery Australia's Safety Policy.