- Wear a hat
- Wear sunscreen
- Loose clothing
- Erect and use the shelters
- Hydrate regularly. This means water. Caffeinated drinks such as coke will only serve to dehydrate you so steer clear of them.
- Bring along plenty of chilled water or purchase water from our canteen
Some precautions we may institute;
- The committee will assess conditions on the day and should they become too adverse or go above 38 degrees the shoot will be abandoned or stopped until the temps drop.
- It is likely drink breaks will be called after every three ends. Use them to drink.
You should look after yourselves and your fellow archers. By the time you see any of these signs you will already be dehydrated. The onset of these symptoms is an individual thing dependent upon the person's age, fitness, general health etc. Signs of heat illness include;
- loss of concentration
- loss of balance
- excessive sweating
- cramps or chills
- rapid pulse
- clumsiness or confusion
- dizziness or fainting.
- Blurred vision
- panting or rapid breathing (not including Koko the dog)
- loss of consciousness
- cessation of perspiration (very bad)
- cold clammy skin (very bad)
If you notice any of these symptoms in yourself stop shooting. If you notice them in others, get them to stop shooting or advise the DOS.
The medical plan that the club will adopt will be;
a) for heat stress. Move the archer to a cool shady area (an air conditioned leagues club would be ideal), loosen clothing, apply cold compresses and hydrate until the archer recovers.
b) for heat stroke. Move the archer to a cool shady area. Remove as much clothing as possible. Apply ice packs to the archer's body and fan the archer. Whilst first aid is being applied another person will be tasked to call an ambulance for evacuation to Gosford Hospital.