Safety Instructions 2019

General considerations:

 

By signing up for ÅEC all participants accept full responsibility for their own safety during the race. At the same time the Race Organization recognises its responsibility to guide the participants in safety matters and to construct the race and race course to minimize the impact of the risk factors.

Key risk factors during ÅEC are cold water, high altitude, rapidly changing weather conditions, fatigue, traffic and a challenging course. Each of these factors must be evaluated and considered by all participants.

The following is a non-exhaustive list of safety precautions:

Part 1 – Racer’s responsibility:

Preparation:

  • Train appropriately in all relevant disciplines using the same type of equipment you plan to have at the race (in particular a similar kayak and mountain bike)
  • On-course training leading up to the event must be done with care and respect for private landowners  (especially in Huså (bike transition) and Tegeforsen (kayak portage #2)) as well as the fact that a new nature reserve has been established around Tännforsen (Spring 2019). All foot traffic is restricted only to existing trails at Tännforsen  – follow all signs!
  • Practice re-entry into your kayak during challenging weather conditions (wind and waves)
  • Bring a wet- or dry suit if you are an inexperienced kayaker (water temp < +6 C / 42 F )
  • Train navigation with a map and compass
  • Get acquainted with the race course before Race Day (strongly recommended by the Race Organisation)
  • Participate in the mandatory Race Meeting on Friday night before the race at Copperhill Mountain Lodge

Race day:

  • Use a wetsuit or drysuit if you are an inexperienced paddler (water temperature is <+6 C / 42 F)
  • Carry the required mandatory gear during the race (see Rules for mandatory gear for each discipline)
  • Choose a kayak that matches your ability
  • Choose clothing that are appropriate for the weather conditions (and your paddling ability)
  • Paddle closer to land (<50 m) where possible if you are less experienced or uncertain
  • Use your whistle if you are in distress and need help, especially during the paddling
  • Racers are obliged to the best of their ability to help other racers that are injured or need help
  • Notify the Race Organisation immediately if you drop out of the race

Part 2 -Race Organisation’s responsibility:

  • Develop an overall Safety Plan in accordance with Åre Municipality Emergency Service Guidelines
  • Develop bad weather alternatives for the most exposed parts of the course
  • Constantly monitor water temperature and levels before race day to inform a decision about the choosen race course alternative
  • Provide safety boats and safety kayaks allocated in accordance with Water Safety Plan
  • Impose mandatory equipment requirements on racers for all sections
  • Provide clear marking of the race course with ribbons/signs
  • Organize a Race Meeting with emphasis on key safety issues for all participants
  • Establish and man several control points along the race course to keep track of participants
  • Provide a mobile Medical Team to respond to emergencies along the course
  • Train race volunteers along the race course in basic First-aid