Training and Safety

The club has a Mentor Program for new Walks Organisers to assist in the leading of at least the first trip with the club. Information on mentoring is available in the current Program. It is the responsibility of a club member leading their first trip to organise a mentor to accompany them and to help answer any questions they may have. A mentor must also be organised when leading a trip out of the normal range of experience, for example, when leading an overnight trip, after first leading day walks. Mentors may be a good source of information on a particular area or trip.

All Pandani leaders are issued with a copy of the Pandani Leaders Manual, available here. In addition, the Club has bought a number of copies of the Hobart Walking Club publication, Safety in the Bush, which are available to new leaders from the Walks Program Coordinator.

Walkers intending to visit remote areas, either on day walks or on overnight trips, are recommended to read the information on Minimal Impact Bushwalking available here.

In addition, the Club also runs navigation classes from time to time, generally in the Autumn and Winter programs and members who wish to become competent bush navigators are encouraged to take them. From time to time, experienced members may also run training sessions, advertised in the Program. Members are reminded to book in before the session, rather than just turning up. It is also recommended that walks organisers have a current First Aid Certificate. The club does not run first aid courses.

The monthly Social Meetings are frequently a source of information on the latest gear, as is the club Facebook page.

Finally, novice walkers are recommended to read the information in the Program about wet weather gear and appropriate clothing and footwear for bushwalking.

Collins Bonnet from Thark Ridge, Mt Wellington. Wellington Park, a large natural area reserved for water catchment, is one of Tasmania's best known bushwalking destinations. Its tracks cater for the inexperienced and those seeking remote and isolated routes. This photo was taken from the track to Devil's Throne, a remote, high altitude track that forms a circuit above 1000 meters. The Club regularly schedules walks on the Mountain [Photo : Emily Wilson]