Participation in outdoor adventure activities exposes one to many potential hazards, including the potential for severe injury and even death. The Swamp School Staff strives to manage these risks, but many risks are beyond their control. Some of the inherent dangers and risks that may be present or occur include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Accidents, illness, or other problems in remote places without cell phones, other means of communication, or easy access to medical facilities.
- Travel in a vehicle driven by a person other than self.
- Forces of nature including lightning, storms, wind, rain, snow, ice, cold, heat, weather changes, and changes in water level.
- Wounds and injuries to skin, organs, muscles, joints, and bones.
- Injuries and diseases inflicted by animals, plants, UV rays, or other natural forces.
- Physical exertion associated with the movements involved with outdoor adventure activities that can cause fatigue, soreness, joint stiffness, and blisters.
- Exposure to natural and man-made fire.
- Problems due to defects in manufacturer’s products or arising from the improper use of products.
- Potential problems associated with back country navigation.
- Hazards related to water including wading, swimming, or capsizing into water containing cold temperatures, rocks, trees, currents, rapids, re-circulating holes, waterfalls, man-made objects, or other obstacles in the water. This can result in hypothermia, injury, entrapment, or drowning.
Participants in Swamp School programs acknowledge that each student must be responsible for his/her own well-being and the well-being of the group s/he is a member. Swamp School students will share with the other participants the concerns and responsibilities of safety and agrees to follow reasonable safety procedures and to avoid unnecessary hazardous situations, whether or not those situations have been specified.
By voluntarily electing to participate in a Swamp School program the student fully recognizes the dangers of participation in an outdoor activity exposes one to many potential hazards, including the potential for severe injury and even death. By registering for a Swamp School program, students are advised that they may be injured as a result of their participation and that the student knowingly assume all risks.