Hot Weather Policy
Exercising in hot weather can lead to dehydration, heat exhaustion, heat stroke and even muscle meltdown, kidney failure and death.
Children have a poorly developed sweating mechanism and absorb heat more rapidly than adults due to their greater surface area/weight ratio, making them more susceptible to heat-related injuries.
Golden Knights Martial Arts & Kids Karate has adopted the following guidelines regarding the conduct of its activities in hot weather conditions,
- During warm weather instructors must provide regular drink breaks every and ensure that class participants have the opportunity to replace fluids.
- Plain, moderately cool water is all that is necessary to maintain fluid levels.
- Students are encouraged to properly hydrate their bodies before class. As a guide a person should drink at least 30ml of water per kilo of their body per day and at least 40ml on training days.
- Being thirsty is a very poor indicator of your level of hydration. If you feel thirsty its too late. Get into the habit of drinking regularly throughout the day and prior to training.
Cancellation of Training Sessions and Gradings
On days when the forecast maximum temperature as published in the printed version of the Advertiser/Sunday Mail (early edition) that day is 38 degrees or higher, training sessions and gradings will be cancelled. In the event that it is a grading it will be postponed; the details will be posted on the official website.
Golden Knights Martial Arts & Kids Karate understands that the actual temperature on any given day may differ from the published temperature due to late changes. If this occurs two things may occur:
- A cool change reduces the temperature below 38 degrees. If this occurs after the printed version of the Advertiser/Sunday Mail has already forecast a temperature of 38 degrees or higher then games will remain cancelled.
- The forecast is less than 38 degrees in the Advertiser/Sunday Mail, however a late change increases the temperature above 38 degrees.
If this occurs before a training session the session will be cancelled, if it occurs during a training session the instructor will modify the activities to accommodate the conditions however should the instructor believe the conditions are considered unsafe they retain the right to cancel the session.
If this occurs on a grading day the most senior instructor at the event will will modify the grading activities to accommodate the conditions however should the most senior instructor believe the conditions are considered unsafe they retain the right to cancel the grading. In the event that it is the case the grading will be postponed and the details will be posted on the official website.