Tournament Procedural Changes and Strategies Devised To Reduce COVID-19 Risk

When taking into consideration the COVID-19 pandemic state and federal government, recommendations and imposed restrictions, the following safety measures should be scrutinised. After review, the policy should be stringently adopted with any appropriate and agreed upon changes, when running future Hobie Fishing Series 13 tournaments.

All competitors in Hobie Fishing Series 13 shall abide by the following procedures. The Hobie Fishing Series team has designed the procedures to best protect the safety of all participating anglers, Hobie staff and yourself.

At times any of us may unwittingly overlook some of the measures listed below. We ask that you respectfully remind others that they are failing to follow these guidelines that are not only instigated for everyone's safety (as previously mentioned) but also so that we fit within government guidelines and are able to continue to run Hobie Fishing Series 13.

If these guidelines are not rigorously, followed, then Hobie Asia pacific may be forced to make the decision to stop all future events. An even greater threat, that would place the running of the series out of the control of Hobie, would be that Hobie Fishing Series 13 is shut down by a government agency, due to participants not following the outlined safety measures.

Please work with the Hobie Fishing team and your other like-minded competitors so that together we can to get those reels screaming in what is left of our fantastic kayak fishing series.

UPDATED PROCEDURES - Jan 21, 2022

  1. Hobie requires that all participants and other attendees be double vaccinated. Hobie Staff and Volunteers shall be double vaccinated. Hobie reserves the right to ask for proof of your vaccination status before you are allowed to enter the event site.
  2. Hobie strongly encourages that all participants, staff, volunteers, and other attendees use the provided QR Codes provided at entry points to the Event Site.
  3. Hobie strongly recommends all event participants download, install, and activate the COVIDSafe app.
  4. Masks must be worn while you are within marked event boundaries. Hobie strongly recommends that you always carry a clean mask with you and wear it when you are unable to social distance.
  5. The number of people permitted by government to gather in one location shall not be exceeded.
    1. Event sites will be surrounded by barriers with clearly marked entrance and exit points.
    2. Event participants and event staff will exclusively be allowed within the event site perimeter.
    3. Family, friends, and onlookers shall remain outside the outlined event site perimeter.
    4. Entry points will have Conditions of Entry posted along with a sanitation station.
  6. All other government limitations and advice shall be strictly adhered to.
  7. No one shall participate displaying any of the known symptoms of COVID-19, including without limitation, fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and/or diarrhoea. If at any time before or during the Event you begin to experience any such symptoms or learn that you have come into contact with anyone who either has COVID-19 or is displaying such symptoms, you will immediately alert an Event official and withdraw from the Event.
  8. Hobie strongly recommends all event participants download, install, and activate the COVIDSafe app.
  9. All competitors and staff shall maintain a 1.5m distance between each other. (Please request others to move further away if they inadvertently breach this distancing rule)
  10. At the weigh-in no dealer will be on stage to present prizes or to be in photos with winners.
  11. Prize winners shall pick up their own prizes, trophies etc from tables where the prizes shall have been grouped, labelled, and appropriately separated from each other, prior to the presentation, by a Hobie Fishing Team member.
  12. All weigh bag handles WILL be wiped down between competitors, and the bag handover procedure MUST be adhered to. (Hobie supplied sanitiser)
  13. Hand sanitiser shall be placed approximately 1.5m back from the steps to the event trailer. All competitors and staff shall be required to sanitise their hands (each time) prior to climbing the trailer stairs. (Hobie supplied sanitiser)
  14. On-water snack packs, water, drinks, etc. shall be BYO only. After event lunches shall not be supplied for the balance of Series 13.
  15. No angler shall be given a microphone for onstage interviews during the weigh-in.
  16. After the presentation, the winners shall be interviewed on stage (seated and separated 1.5m minimum). This interview shall be broadcast live and recorded using only the microphone on the recording device.
  17. No Handshaking or High-5s shall be permitted at the event site or during the tournament in general.
  18. Registration Procedure: (allow for much lengthier process)
    1. A mask must be work while waiting in line to register, and weigh-in.
    2. Line up 1.5m apart. (marked standing points)
    3. Next in line is to stay back 1.5m from steps in line with the sanitiser bottle. Wait to be called on stage.
    4. Sanitise hands while waiting.
    5. Only one angler shall be permitted on the stage at any one time.
    6. Present your PFD.
      1. There is no need to show registrar your fishing licence, ensuring it is current is now the responsibility of the competitor until further notice.
    7. Anglers shall remove the assigned key tag from the board. The registrar shall visually check that the correct tag is taken.
    8. The Registrar shall call the next person up on stage only when the way is clear.
  19. At the water's edge anglers, where possible, anglers shall stay on opposite sides of kayaks when preparing equipment before launch and on returning to shore.
  20. When gathering at the starting line anglers shall not join boats, side by side, in a raft formation. Keep kayaks well apart from each other. Reminders shall be broadcast over the PA from the official Hobie start boat.
  21. Weigh-in procedure:
    1. Anglers who have fish to weigh-in shall line up 1.5m apart on marked standing points.
    2. The scorers will release weigh bags as required - 1 on stage, 1 at fish release area and 2 at each bump tub . In the very first group, the 6th angler must wait at their kayak until the first weigh-in has been completed before moving to the bump tub.
    3. Once an angler's fish are released the angler shall take their weigh bag back to the Bag Pick-Up Area, place it on the ground, and move away.
    4. No angler shall leave the line until they collect their bag from the Bag Pick Up Area.
    5. Once the previous angler has returned their bag to Bag Pick-Up Area and moved away, the next angler in line goes to the Bag Pick-Up Area and:
      1. Collect sanitised weigh-in bag
      2. Sanitises their hands
      3. Collects their fish from their Livewell
      4. Moves to position 4 at the bump tub.
    6. As an angler goes up on stage, the other three anglers at the bump tubs shall rotate positions: 4 to goes to 3; 3 to 2; and 2 to 1. Positions will be marked by numbers on the ground.
    7. Stands on the designated spot while on stage.
    8. No angler shall be handed a microphone on stage. (Due to the small number of bags photographing of fish will be completed quickly. Photographer to encourage anglers to take weigh bag back to the designated Bag Pick Up Area)
    9. Event Staff attending the Bump Tub shall wear disposable gloves.
  22. Anglers shall follow all, of the above COVID-19 safety rules and procedures listed so that we are able to continue to hold future Hobie Fishing Series 13 tournaments.
  23. Penalties shall apply to those not following these rules and procedures. At the discretion of the Tournament Director these may vary from weight penalties through to a ban for the rest of the series and removal from the event site.
  24. All event participants and staff shall adhere to designated Entry and Exit points.
  25. The event site will be surrounded by removable bunting to ensure that the event does not surpass government limits for outdoor gatherings.
  26. A roster will be placed outside the event site perimeter asking visitors and spectators to provide their name and contact details to be used only for the purposes of tracing COVID-19 infections and will be stored confidentially and securely for 28 days. After which the records will be destroyed in a confidential manner via shredding.