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Terms and Conditions (version January 2019)

These terms and conditions apply to all activities organised by, or in any way affiliated with, the Gibraltar Climbing Association. That includes climbing courses, coaching, use of Association equipment or premises, or participation in any climbing-related activity with Association members.

1. Participation Statement

The British Mountaineering Council declares that climbing and mountaineering are activities with a danger of personal injury or death. Participants (and - for minors - parents of participants) in these activities should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions and involvement.

2. Awareness and acceptance of risk

Climbing and bouldering, whether in an artificial environment or on a crag involves serious risks. Outdoor bolts or bolt-on holds or volumes can spin or break, equipment may fail, fellow participants may fail to follow good practice. Participants must recognise that even if they follow all good practice there may still be a risk of an accident and/or injury and/or death. Participants in any GCA activity are participating at their own risk and responsibility.

3. GCA members, including volunteer mentors, are not required to hold qualifications

The GCA recognises the value of training and qualifications. However, in line with BMC policy, the GCA does not require volunteer mentors to hold qualifications. The Association is a framework for people of different skill and experience levels to share their skills and learn from each other. Every participant in GCA activities must be aware and accept that those perceived of as ‘in charge’, or even just leading a walk, are not necessarily qualified, do not need to be qualified, are not regarded by the Association nor regard themselves as ‘technical experts’, but are amateur climbers, walkers or mountaineers with some experience who are happy to impart their knowledge and that any advice given be viewed with this in mind by the recipient

4. Safeguarding of children and young people

All coaches, leaders and volunteers working with children and young people in HMGOG sport & leisure facilities are required to hold a recognised level 1 qualification (or equivalent) in the coaching of their sport, physical or leisure activity. They must also be Royal Gibraltar Police Vetted or produce recent vetting documentation from country of origin. They must also have taken part in a recognised safeguarding and protecting children workshop

4. Personal Property

GCA accepts no responsibility for any loss of or damage to personal property.

5. Declaration of medical conditions

It is the responsibility of the member or participants to make the Association aware of any medical or other conditions that could affect participation in any activity or that could affect the safety of yourself or any participant on the activity. For example, climbing and bouldering are not suitable for kids until eight years of age, people with heart condition, people with epilepsy, people with high blood pressure, people with fear of heights and people with similar health conditions.

6. Insurance

The GCA does not arrange health or travel insurance and has no liability for any medical and other expenses and problems arising from lack of suitable insurance. The GCA strongly recommends members and participants in its activities to arrange for themselves suitable insurance. Since British Mountaineering Countil (BMC) insurance does not cover Gibraltar, some of our members have joined the Austrian Alpine Club UK Section to benefit from the insurance coverage it provides, among other things.

7. Parental Consent

Participants in Gibraltar Climbing Association activities under the age of 18 must have a completed parental consent form on file

8. Induction requirement for use of GSLA climbing wall

The GSLA climbing wall at Bayside Sports Complex may only be booked or used by people who have successfully completed the GCA induction course.

9. Competence requirement for participation in GCA outdoor activities

Participants in outdoor climbing or bouldering activities organized through the GCA must have successfully completed the GCA induction course or a similar course offered by a recognised climbing centre. They must be be competent in the use of a safety harness, be able to use a suitable knot to attach a rope to the harness and can competently use a belay device to secure a falling climber or lower a climber from the wall using a rope. Wearing of a helmet is recommended at all times during outdoor climbing activities.

10. Liability waiver

GCA members and participants in GCA activities must have completed a GCA Accident Waiver and Release of Liability Form.

11. Data Protection

We may collect information via our website or on forms at the centre. It is our legal duty under the Data Protection Act 1998 to keep your information secure and ensure that the data we hold is accurate, adequate, relevant and not excessive.

12.1 What information is collected

We may collect the following information:

Name and contact information including address, email address and phone number

Emergency contact information

Relevant medical information

12.2 What the information is used for

We will only use your data in relation to the services and products you use or purchase from us. We may send you notification regarding changes that may affect our service to you. We will not pass your personal, identifiable information on to third parties though we may share non-identifiable, statistical data with third parties.

13. About these terms

We may modify this policy and any terms that apply to a service provided by Gibraltar Climbing Association to reflect changes to the law or changes to our services. The current, applicable terms and conditions will always be available on our website. If you do not agree to the modified terms for a service you should contact us to discontinue your use of that service.

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