What experience and equipment do I need to be able to join willow Warriors?
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You do not need any previous experience to join Willow Warriors and help on our projects.
Willow Warriors provide training to new volunteers on identifying willow taxa and willow treatment techniques.
The wilderness awareness sessions are designed to go through the “Code of conduct” in participating in activities in remote areas and how to prepare for a trip and what to take, so we develop a common understanding of what is required of volunteers participating in these activities in remote areas and to assess if new members have the equipment and ability to go on these activities.
The whitewater awareness sessions content includes basic theory about the flow of water in rivers, swimming in grade three whitewater, basic self rescue, an introduction to whitewater equipment and paddling rafts. The sessions are designed to put the volunteer in some uncomfortable situations so they can make an informed decision on whether they want to participate in the activities as well as provide some basic instruction on self rescue.
Willow Warriors have all the tools required to map and poison willows. We also have waterproof containers to carry the tools and poison along the river and rafts and inflatables canoes, paddles, personal floatation devices (PFD’s), helmets, rescue ropes, first aid kits and dry bags purchased as part of projects funded by the Community based Restoration and Rehabilitation grants from the NSW Environmental Trust.
Willow Warriors also have camping equipment for up to five new volunteers to use on activities. The equipment was purchased from a grant from the Australian Government - Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs to help new members without camping equipment to participate in these volunteer landcare activities.