All NOWCA Members are obliged when they register and join NOWCA to put their full personal and emergency details as requested. This must be done before they go into open water using the NOWCA ID barcode. Including emergency contact number.
Anyone who fails to do this will have their membership suspended until the details are updated. The onus is on the individual to put these details in and not NOWCA's to chase for this information.
A NOWCA membership is essentially a National Safety Wristband that you wear during your time at any NOWCA appointed venues. Once a person has purchased their wristband they are joining thousands of open water swimmers who are looking to swim safely all over nationally. They must nominate their local venue (for pick up purposes only). Each person agrees that this payment is an annual fee and there will be no refund given under any circumstances. If you no longer swim at your nominated venue it is up to you to find an alternative or keep the wristband safe until you visit one of many others available (see venue map on website)
When swimming, using, running trails or any other facilities at any NOWCA Swimming Lakes, venues, you undertake to adhere to all rules and regulations laid down by the VENUE their operators and if applicable National Open Water Coaching Association; herein referred to as NOWCA, and which shall be deemed to include any and all of its owners and associates, as well as personnel helping at the Lakes.
A full set of rules and regulations are available at NOWCA Lakes, and it is the responsibility of all persons using NOWCA Lakes and its facilities to ensure they have read, understood and agree to these rules prior to doing so.
• Agreeing never to swim at the Lake when feeling unwell or recovering from a virus or infection
• Only entering and exiting the water at designated points, and within the times stipulated.
• Undertaking to remove all rubbish and to never approach, scare or harass wildlife.
• Swimmers agree to always wear their NOWCA barcode and scan in - out of the water'
By reading this you agree to understanding the dangers associated with swimming in open water, including the potential for serious personal injury, death and loss of property, and thereby agree to assume all associated risks.
I hereby waive any and all rights of action against NOWCA for all injuries and other actionable events, arising out of my use of the facilities at any NOWCA Swimming Lake/ venue.
I agree to release, discharge, indemnify and hold harmless NOWCA from any liability arising therefrom, to defend any action of proceeding against NOWCA as a result thereof, and to indemnify NOWCA against any liability or expense incurred by it as a result thereof. I will update any of my personal details that have changed since signing up or aditional information if I am asked too.
NOWCA strongly recommends the use of wetsuits by all Swimmers when using all NOWCA Swimming Lakes.
Critically, wetsuits provide:
- Additional buoyancy
- Protection against the cold water temperatures
Non-use of wetsuits may be agreed on a case by case basis, provided that;
1. You are able to satisfy the Lakes management, safety personnel and / or Coach that you are safe and competent to swim without a wetsuit, based on an acceptable level of experience swimming in cold, open water conditions previously.
2. You have read, understood and signed the declaration below.
By reading this you agree that you understand the risks associated with swimming in open water, and that choosing to swim in any NOWCA Swimming Lake without a wetsuit may mean that some of these risks are increased; particularly with regards reduced protection from cold water conditions and the potential onset of hypothermia.
I hereby waive any and all rights of action against NOWCA for any injuries and other actionable events, arising from my decision to swim in a NOWCA Swimming Lake without a wetsuit.