Scope: Develop Safety Innovations and plans to cover transport and Bungalow activities for guests and Employees. To identify core or key hazards in and around the Banyak Surf Bungalows and activities on the Bay of Plenty and surrounding water ways and Islands then introduce appropriate controls to reduce the risk of injury or damage to guests, employees or plant and equipment.
Purpose: To ensure guests and staff are provided with information regarding existing hazards around the bungalows and associated with bungalow activities and the controls that can be put in place to avoid damage or injury.
A two week conference was conducted onsite at the Banyak Surf Bungalows involving the following experts from a diversified cross section of eco tourists and risk professionals. Together with over 100 years of diversified experience included were the following people
Jim Parker : Respected and recognised world wide as Soul Surfer and Spear fishing Champion with 30+yrs experience visiting and utilising eco tourism parks world wide
Terry Sharp : Champion Surfer and risk management professional from the Australian Mining industry.
Tony Rae : Champion Surfer and Risk Management professional.Co-founder of MTR Mining Australia
Phil Cosgrove : Australian Surf lifesaving champion, Soul Surfer and Risk Management Professional with 30+yrs experience visiting and utilising eco tourism parks world wide. Founder of MTR Mining Australia
Dean Kosky : Australian Surf Lifesaving champion, Soul Surfer with 27 years experience in Indonesia and pioneer of a remote island surf camp in the Bay of Plenty- Banyak Islands.
While this area is well documented as an active earthquake/Tsunami zone the likelihood is remote but the consequence is very extreme, as a result of this a Tsunami survival plan is implemented with speeds boats on standby to take guests out to deeper water which is only a few hundred meters from the shore.
Wading and walking through the shallows is a very common occurrence and will almost certainly result in minor cuts to feet from loose coral and spine washed in with the tide, these can become infected and ruin a surfing holiday. Suitable footwear should be worn at all time around the bungalows and in the shallows accessing the boats etc, surfing booties are ideal.
All cuts should be treated as soon as possible to reduce the chance of infection.
Sunburn or Heat stress
All guests need to be made aware of the need to protect themselves from the sun and heat, maintain fluid intakes especially while active surfing or diving or boating, use sunscreen and protective clothing and utilise shelters during the day.
Close interaction with wildlife could be hazardous
Any close interaction with any of the native wildlife should be avoided if not banned many diseases and extreme infections can be passed on from bites or attacks form any of the jungle wildlife avoidance and respect is the key.
Motor Failure with the lodge boats while on activities outside the bay
The setting up of positive radio contact from the Bungalows to all its vessels is mandatory so emergencies can be dealt with swiftly and assistance given or received easily, all boat operators are trained in their use and no vessel should leave the Bungalows without a radio.
All surf breaks in the area are world class and as such break onto shallow coral reef and injuries are common this activity is done at ones own risk but in the case of emergency/serious injury some protocols need to be put in place communicated with all surfers and stringently adhered to.
A safety briefing is delivered by the surf guide to all surfers on arrival at the bungalows. This safety briefing includes information about the reef and the way the wave interacts with it, also the riskiest areas of the wave and any exit tips.
The four internationally recognised rules/signals should be encouraged to be used. They are :
1. Everybody looks out for everybody
2. Should someone takes a heavy wipe out a signal from the wiped out surfer to his mate of patting his head (this means I’m OK)
3. Should the surfer be injured and needing assistance he will wave arms in distress to the boat or close by surfers. Get him in the boat
4. Once an injured surfer is in the boat the round up signal is given to other surfers from the boat (whistling and the round up with one arm in circle above the head) all surfers to return to the boat to assist the evacuation.
No surfer should be left alone without boat support.
For Guests not familiar with surfing from boats or general boating in particular some guidance need to be given in the safety briefing of boarding and leaving the boat and stress the need for care.
All international rules and regulations should be followed for scuba diving including the checking of relevant qualifications of all divers.
For snorkelling or spear fishing guests should be accompanied by a boat at all times within reason.
These activities are also performed at ones own risk.
A full safety briefing is delivered to all guests upon arrival at bungalows or at first attempt to enjoy the natural features of the bay.
This disclaimer has been developed and needs to be signed by all guests using the bungalows so that they understand and agree that all activities are done at their own risk. Safety and safety information will help make Banyak Surf Bungalows a reputable destination for all surfers and non-surfers.