Overview for New and Potential Members
New and potential members of the Shoalhaven Bushwalkers, as well as the older members, should be aware of all the items shown below (including linked items) ...
Shoalhaven Bushwalkers Inc. is a bushwalking club based in the Shoalhaven region on the south coast of New South Wales which is centred in Nowra - approximately 160 kms south of Sydney. The club is a non-political, community group affiliated with Bushwalking NSW.
The club produces a newsletter - "The Ettremist" - four times a year - which includes the upcoming program of weekend walks, Wednesday walks (the main walking day for most club members) and social events, as well as various articles and reports.
The Club is run on a completely voluntary basis. It does not exist to put on walks for its members, but rather to bring like-minded individuals together with the expectation that each will make a contribution to the running of the club - whether it be as a walk leader, committee member, guest speaker at general meetings, report writer, track notes compiler (or a combination of some or all of these).
If you would like to attend a club walk as a potential member, please read our Walker Responsibilities page (click here) and this page thoroughly before emailing a request for our current walks program to our club secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mid-week walks are held every Wednesday, and constitute the club's main activities. There are usually three to five different walks available to suit all standards of walker. Each walk is graded according to a system based on its distance and difficulty, which is described on our Walk Gradings page.
Morning tea is a tradition within the Shoalhaven Bushwalkers, and if a leader has not called for a morning tea stop by 10:30am there will be grumbling in the ranks. If there is no morning tea stop by 11am the leader risks open insurrection. No leader has ever survived past 11:30am without stopping for morning tea. Most people bring a thermos of hot water, plus tea, coffee, sweeteners of their choice, and a piece of cake or something similar. Up-market bushwalkers bring a latte or two ...
The weekend walks may involve a single day walk or an overnight camp. Those attending weekend walks are required to contact the leader to register by the Monday prior to the walk. Walk leaders have the discretion to limit the number of people who may participate in particular activities and to set the standard of fitness and experience which may be required. It is the responsibility of each member to ensure that he or she is able to cope with an activity before participating.
Short Notice Activities
Short Notice activities are for special occasions that occur after the walks program has been produced. They are also for activities that require specific circumstances in order for them to happen. Club members must "opt in" to be included on the Short Notice Activity emailing list. For further information, go to our Short Notice Activities page.
Our walks program is published in our newsletter. The program is dependent on club members submitting walks they would like to lead to our various walks coordinators, depending on the type of walk. We have four Wednesday walk coordinators and one Weekend Walk coordinator - see our Walk Coordinators page. The four types of Wednesday walks are loosely defined as Andante (an easy walk at a leisurely pace), On Track (longer, easy to medium walks on tracks), Hybrid (a mixture of on-track and off-track walking over rougher terrain) and Off Track (walks in areas where there are no tracks).
The walking program is seasonal, so there are four programs a year - Summer, Autumn, Winter and Spring. Leaders should get walks to their coordinators by the first week of the final month of a program i.e. the month before the next program starts - so first week of November for the Summer program, first week of February for the Autumn program, first week of May for the Winter program and first week of August for the Spring program. Coordinators should get their programs to the Ettremist editor by the middle of the month, giving the editor two weeks to compile, print and distribute the newsletter prior to the start of the new program.
Each walk leader has the final decision on whether or not a person is capable of doing his/her walk. The Club encourages any club member who wishes to become a walk leader. New walk leaders will be backed up by at least one experienced walk leader, and will be provided with a copy of the Club's current leadership guidelines. The Club will endeavour to provide opportunities for leadership training.
Walk leaders may change walks without notice or cancel walks altogether if dictated by the weather or other outside factors. If in doubt, phone the leader prior to the walk or check the website.
Car Sharing Cost
The car sharing cost is determined by the committee and is based on a cents value for each kilometre that each passenger travels, with the total cost rounded up or down to the nearest dollar. As at 1st January 2009, the value was 10c per kilometre. Example: The distance from Nowra to the Steamers Beach carpark is 39.27km, giving a round trip of 78.54km. At 10c per kilometre, the cost per passenger is $7.85, which is then rounded up to $8.00. The cost can be reduced by mutual agreement for longer trips ie. outside the Shoalhaven. The rationale behind the Car Sharing Cost value can be found here.
Walkers must be 18 years of age or older. While we would like to encourage children to bushwalk, restrictions placed upon us by our insurer make this extremely difficult.
General Meetings are held in the Nowra Town Band Hall at 174 Kinghorne Street at 7:30pm on the first Thursday of the last month of Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter, i.e. in February, May, August and November. The August meeting is also the club's AGM, and the only meeting where we do not have a guest speaker. General meetings may be attended by any club member.
Committee Meetings are held at the homes of various committee members (advertised in the Ettremist) at 7:30pm on the first Thursday of the middle month of Spring, Autumn and Winter i.e. in April, July and October. Committee meetings may be attended by any club member.
Every person participating in a club walk does so as a volunteer in every respect and as such accepts full responsibility for personal injury to himself or herself, however incurred. Shoalhaven Bushwalkers Inc., its office-bearers and walk leaders cannot accept liability in regard to injury or damage sustained by any person participating in a club walk. In addition, Shoalhaven Bushwalkers Inc. cannot accept liability for members of the public who attempt non-club walks based on any information found on this web-site.
Club members should also take a look at the following links -
Personal Accident Insurance
The Club Library
The Club Committee
Walk Program Coordinators
First Aid Information