Caving - Acknowledgment of Risk
“All caving activities have a risk of serious injury or death. Participants must be aware of and accept that even if they follow all good practice there may still be the risk of accident and injury. It is the responsibility of the participant to adhere to the conditions of use.”
It is important that you understand this document. There is inherent risk involved with climbing centres and associated activities. By signing this form, you are stating you understand that these risks cannot be completely removed. If you do not understand any of the terminology or content, ask a member of staff to clarify.
Conditions of use
- Report to reception on each visit before you cave.
- You must exercise care, common sense and self-preservation at all times.
- Report any problems with the caves or other cavers' behaviour to a member of staff immediately.
- Be aware of the other cavers around you and how your actions will affect them.
- Please make yourself aware of the location of the fire exits in the building and fire assembly points.
As a user of this cave, you must be aware of and accept the following:
- Participants must understand that caving while pregnant can increase the risk posed to mother and unborn child.
- You must do everything reasonable and practical to avoid endangering yourself or others.
- You have to be aware of and adhere to the safety rules of the centre at all times.
- Please empty your pockets and remove all jewellery before caving.
- All cavers are required to wear a helmet and head torch at all times in the caving system.
- A minimum of two and a maximum of 18 participants are authorised to use the cave at any one time.
- Adults and children are not permitted to use the caving system at the same time unless they are part of the same party or family.
- If you wish to leave the caves, you must inform your instructor before heading downstairs.
- You must be aware that the caving system is not lit, has restricted width and height and is a closed and uneven environment.
- You must remove any objects from your person that could cause damage to the system or harm to yourself or others.
- You must remove all jewellery and pocket contents, wear clean closed top shoes that can be securely fastened and tie all long hair back in a low pony tail.
- You must keep noise to a minimum so that you and your instructor can communicate safely.
Our Duty of Care
The conditions of use of the climbing centre are not intended to limit your enjoyment of the facilities; they are part of the duty of care that we, as operators, owe to you, the customer, by law. As such, they are not negotiable and if you are not prepared to abide by them then the staff may ask you to leave.
Your Duty of Care
You have a duty of care to act responsibly towards the other users of the centre, follow good practice and abide by the conditions of use of the centre. Statements of ‘Good Practice’ are posted around the centre adjacent to the relevant facilities. These describe the accepted methods of use of equipment and climbing areas.
I certify that to the best of my knowledge, I do not suffer from a medical condition that might have the effect of making it more likely that I be involved in an accident that could result in injury to myself or others. I also confirm that the above information is correct and if any information changes I will notify the centre.
I HAVE HAD SUFFICIENT OPPORTUNITY TO READ THIS ENTIRE DOCUMENT. I HAVE READ AND UNDERSTOOD IT, AND I AGREE TO BE BOUND BY ITS TERMS.