This is a binding legal agreement. Clarify any questions or concerns before signing.
This Agreement must be signed by the Participant and/or the Participant’s parent/guardian (if applicable, when the Participant is younger than the age of majority in their province/territory of residence) prior to participation.
The Participant acknowledges and agrees to the terms outlined in this document. When applicable, the Participant’s parent/guardian acknowledges and agrees to the terms on behalf of the Participant and references in this document to the Participant agreeing to or acknowledging a risk or term is understood to be referring to the Participant’s parent/guardian agreeing to or acknowledging the risk or term on behalf of the Participant.
The Participant is voluntarily participating in the sport of orienteering and the spectating, orientation, instruction, activities, competitions, programs, and services (collectively the “Activities”) of Orienteering Canada, provincial/territorial orienteering organizations, and orienteering clubs. The Activities may include but are not limited to including orienteering competitions, training sessions, camps, clinics of all kinds, and related sessions such as Mountain Bike O, Cross-country ski O, rogaining, personal or strength training, dry land training, training using machines or weights, nutritional and dietary programs, orientational or instructional sessions or lessons, and aerobic and anaerobic conditioning programs.
Orienteering Canada, its affiliated provincial/territorial orienteering organizations, and clubs, and their respective directors, officers, committee members, members, employees, coaches, volunteers, officials, participants, agents, sponsors, owners/operators of the facility in which the Activities take place, and representatives (collectively the “Organization”) are not responsible for any injury, personal injury, damage, property damage, expense, loss of income or loss of any kind suffered by a Participant during or as a result of the Activities and/or, when the Participant is the age of majority or older, when caused by the negligence of the Organization.
The Activities have foreseeable and unforeseeable inherent risks, hazards and dangers that no amount of care, caution or expertise can eliminate, including without limitation, the potential for serious bodily injury, permanent disability, paralysis, and loss of life.
These risks include:
- Health: executing strenuous and demanding physical techniques; physical exertion; overexertion; stretching; dehydration; fatigue; cardiovascular workouts; rapid movements and stops; lack of fitness or conditioning; traumatic injury; sprains and fractures, spinal cord injuries, bacterial infections; rashes; and the transmission of communicable diseases, including viruses of all kinds, COVID-19, bacteria, parasites or other organisms or any mutation thereof
- Premises: defective, dangerous or unsafe condition of the facilities; falls; collisions with objects or barriers that are a part of the premises such as fences, ruins, and bridges; dangerous, unsafe, or irregular conditions on the grass, ground, or other surfaces; extreme weather conditions; and travel to and from the premises
- Use of equipment: mechanical failure of the equipment; negligent design or manufacture of the equipment; the provision of, or the failure by, the Organization to provide any warnings, directions, instructions or guidance as to the use of the equipment; failure to wear safety or protective equipment; and failure to use or operate equipment within the Participant’s own ability
- Contact: contact with participants, sports equipment, vehicles, or other persons; and other contact that may lead to serious bodily injury, including but not limited to concussions and/or other brain injury or serious spinal injury
- Advice: negligent advice regarding the Activities
- Ability: failing to act safely or within the Participant’s own ability or within designated areas
- Sport: the sport of orienteering and its inherent risks, including but not limited to falling down cliffs, slopes, gullies, ditches, pits and depressions; possibly being caught in watercourse hazards of streams, rivers, ponds and lakes; encounters with aggressive wildlife such as bears, coyotes, dogs, elk, deer, moose, snakes or wasps, which could result in injury; encounters with plants producing allergic reactions; and remoteness of the location with poor communications and possible inability of rescue services or medical assistance to come easily or quickly
- Conduct: the Participant’s conduct and conduct of other persons including any physical altercation between participants
- Travel: travel to and from the Activities
The Participant accepts the inherent physical risks.
Negligence. The Organization may be negligent, which may include failure by the Organization to take reasonable steps to safeguard or protect the Participant from the risks, dangers and hazards associated with participation in the Activities. The Participant accepts that the Organization may be negligent.
In consideration of the Organization allowing the Participant to participate in the Activities, the Participant agrees:
- That the Participant is not relying on any oral or written statements made by the Organization or their agents, whether in a brochure or advertisement or in individual conversations, to agree to participate in the Activities
- That when the Participant practices or trains in their own space, the Participant (or the Participant’s parent/guardian, if applicable) is responsible for the Participant’s surroundings and the location and equipment that is selected for the Participant
- That the Participant’s mental and physical condition is appropriate to participate in the Activities and the Participant (or the Participant’s parent/guardian, if applicable) assumes all risks related to the Participant’s mental and physical condition
- To comply with the rules and regulations for participation in the Activities
- To comply with the rules of the facility or equipment
- That if the Participant observes an unusual significant hazard or risk, the Participant will remove themselves from participation and immediately bring their observations to a representative of the Organization
- The risks associated with the Activities are increased when the Participant is intoxicated and the Participant will not participate if intoxicated in any way
- That it is the Participant’s (or the Participant’s parent/guardian, if applicable) sole responsibility to assess whether any Activities are too difficult for the Participant. By the Participant commencing an Activity, the Participant (or the Participant’s parent/guardian, if applicable) acknowledges and accepts the suitability and conditions of the Activity
- That COVID-19 is contagious in nature and the Participant may be exposed to, or infected by, COVID-19 and such exposure may result in personal injury, illness, permanent disability, or death. Further, participating in the Activities could increase the Participant’s risk of contracting COVID-19 or any other contagious disease.
- That the Participant (or the Participant’s parent/guardian, if applicable) is responsible for choosing the Participant’s safety or protective equipment and the secure fitting of that equipment
The Participant (and the Participant’s parent/guardian, if applicable) agrees that the Organization has the discretion to cancel or modify the structure of any Activities due to a public health or safety issue, which may include removing specific disciplines or age groups from a competition, changing a competition format, or changing the manner in which individuals become eligible to participate.
The Participant (and the Participant’s parent/guardian, if applicable) agrees that the Organization may implement and enforce guidelines for participation that may include adhering to ‘Return to Play’ protocols, signing declarations of compliance, or requiring that personal protective equipment be worn by Participants (and their parents/guardians, if applicable). The Organization has the discretion to remove any Participant (and their parents/guardians, if applicable) who does not comply with the Return to Play protocols, sign a declaration, or wear personal protective equipment. When required, the Participant is responsible for providing their own personal protective equipment.
When the Participant is the age of majority or older, the Participant assumes all risks arising out of, associated with or related to, participation in the Activities and waives any and all claims that the Participant may have now or in the future against the Organization. The Participant, when the age of majority or older, accepts and fully assumes all such risks and possibility of personal injury, death, property damage, expense and related loss, including loss of income, resulting from participation in the Activities.
When the Participant is the age of majority or older, the Participant forever indemnifies and releases the Organization from any and all liability for any and all claims, demands, actions, damages (including direct, indirect, special and/or consequential), losses, actions, judgments, and costs (including legal fees) (collectively, the “Claims”) which the Participant has or may have in the future, that might arise out of, result from, or relate to, participation in the Activities, even though such Claims may have been caused by any manner whatsoever, including but not limited to, the Organization’s negligence, gross negligence, negligent rescue, omissions, carelessness, breach of contract and/or breach of any statutory duty of care of the Organization.
For all Participants. The Organization is not responsible or liable for any damage to the Participant’s vehicle, property, or equipment that may occur as a result of the Activities. This Agreement is intended to be as broad and inclusive as is permitted by law of the in the province or territory in which the Activities are being held. If any portion thereof is held invalid, the balance shall continue in full legal force and effect. The Participant (or the Participant’s parent/guardian, if applicable) agrees to file any lawsuit against the Organization within the province or territory in which the Activities are being held and further agrees that the substantive law in the province or territory in which the Activities are being held will apply with regard to conflict of law rules.
PERSONAL SAFETY GUIDELINES
The Participant (and the Participant’s parent/guardian, if applicable) acknowledges that they have read Appendix “A” - General Guidelines for Personal Safety in Orienteering, issued by Orienteering Canada (https://orienteering.ca/general-guidelines-for-safety-in-orienteering). The Participant (and the Participant’s parent/guardian, if applicable) understands these guidelines and agree to be bound by them, understands these guidelines are generic and cannot be expected to cover all situations. It remains the sole responsibility of the Participant (and the Participant’s parent/guardian, if applicable) to ensure that the Participant acts and governs themselves at each specific session, in such a manner as to be responsible for their own safety. Further, if the Guidelines are followed, the Participant (and the Participant’s parent/guardian, if applicable) understands that the risk of injury is reduced.
PERSONAL INFORMATION CONSENT
The Participant (and the Participant’s parent/guardian, if applicable) acknowledges that the Participant’s personal information (name, age, email address and address) may be given to the associated provincial/territorial association and to Orienteering Canada for use in their secure database for the sole purpose of keeping track of registration fees at the Provincial/Territorial and National levels. This information will not be given to any other organization.
The Participant (and the Participant’s parent/guardian, if applicable) consents to the disclosure of event results on orienteering websites, social media, and newsletters.
The Participant consents to the disclosure of personal information as described above.
The Participant (and the Participant’s parent/guardian, if applicable) acknowledges that they have read and understand this Agreement, that they have executed this Agreement voluntarily, and that this Agreement is to be binding upon themselves, their heirs, spouse, children, parents, guardians, next of kin, executors, administrators and legal or personal representatives. They further acknowledge that by signing this Agreement they have waived their right to maintain a lawsuit against the Organization on the basis of any claims from which they have released herein.
When the Participant is younger than the age of majority, the undersigned acknowledges and agrees that they are a parent/guardian of the Participant and have full legal responsibility for the decisions of the Participant.
I agree that I have read and fully understand this waiver (or assumption of risk if the Participant is younger than the age of majority).