Archery Safety: The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide
Archery is a popular sport that requires skill and precision. Archery safety should be your first priority when starting to learn the sport. If you are interested in Archery Safety, then this blog post will provide you with information about what Shooting safety, how to set up an Archery range safely, and more!
Archery Safety – Shooting
- From 2007 to 201, archery caused less than one injury per 1,000 participants.
- Soccer, baseball and basketball generate injury rates 20 to 45 times higher than archery’s. Archery’s injury rate also ranks below golf, fishing and tennis, and slightly above badminton, bowling and table tennis.
- The insurance industry recognizes archery’s safety record, and in many cases determined an organization’s standard general liability insurance coverage was sufficient.
Inspecting a Bow and Arrow
Even before nocking an arrow it is important to make sure that all equipment is inspected and in safe working order. A major cause of archery-related accidents comes from damaged bows or bow strings snapping.
Make sure to check all components of both the bow and arrow for any signs of damage including cracks, chips, fraying, warping and any other wear and tear that could compromise the integrity of the equipment.
Proper Archery Attire
In order to protect yourself from potential Archery injuries it is important to wear proper clothing. Loose fitting clothes can get caught in bowstrings or hurt you if they came into contact with the arrow as it leaves the bow. It is also a good idea to wear closed-toe shoes instead of sandals when shooting arrows.
Safely Firing a Bow
When Archery beginners are firing a bow for the first time they often have difficulty in knowing how much pressure to apply. It is important to remember that too much force can cause an arrow to fly off course or even break the bow.
When starting out it is best to use just enough pressure on the bowstring to hold the arrow in place without having to exert too much force.
To ensure safety, all archers should load, aim, shoot, and retrieve arrows at the same time. This will ensure that no one is accidentally shooting while someone is on the range retrieving arrows.
Most archery ranges use the same system to control shooting and retrieving. Typical archery rules use a system of whistles to signify the appropriate action. One whistle blow means you can shoot, two means you can approach the shooting line, and three means you can go retrieve the arrows you have shot.
Other important things to consider when shooting is to never load your arrow onto your bow with people in front of you. Make sure to never stand in front of a loaded bow.
When retrieving arrows it is important to be aware of your surroundings. Arrows can travel a long way when fired, so make sure there is no one in the vicinity who could potentially get injured if an arrow were to stray off course. Always approach the arrow from the side or rear and never try to catch an arrow with your hand.
Make sure all archers wait to retrieve arrows until they are signaled to do so. If an archer misfires their arrow and it doesn’t go very far, they are often tempted to quickly retrieve it so they can fire again. It is important to reiterate safety and discourage this behavior.
Archers should not bring their bow with them onto the range and should safely set them down after they are done shooting. Make sure all archers have returned to the line from the range and that the range is all clear before signaling it is ok to shoot again.
Pay special attention for archers whose arrows may have gone beyond the target as they can be overlooked before the signal to shoot again is given.
Archery Range Safety
The Ideal Archery Range Design
When designing an Archery range, it is important to consider the safety of all participants. Archery ranges should be designed with plenty of space between each shooting lane in order to prevent any accidents from happening.
There should also be a safe area for archers to walk to and from the target. The distance between the target and shooters should also be considered. Archery ranges should have a designated area for spectators to watch from, and they should always remain on the outside perimeter of the range.
Ranges with Multiple Lanes
If an Archery range has multiple lanes it is important that each lane be supervised by another archer or staff member. When two people are supervising one lane, they should take turns watching the shooters and retrieving arrows.
Archery ranges typically use a set of commands to help keep everyone safe. These range commands can vary from range to range, but some basic commands include:
– All clear! Indicates that it is safe to shoot
– Cease fire! Stop shooting immediately
– Hold! Indicate that everyone should stop what they are doing
– Range is hot! Archery shooting is currently taking place
– Get down! When an emergency situation arises, archers should drop to the ground immediately
Archery Range Buffer Zones
In order to prevent any accidents from happening, Archery ranges should have designated buffer zones. These are areas around the range where people are not allowed to be. This could be an area on all sides of the range or just in front and back of it. These zones are in place to ensure that no one is accidentally hit by an arrow.
Another concern for archery ranges is security. It is especially important to keep all bows and arrows stored in a locked and secure location. Less mature archers may be tempted to engage in shooting activities without supervision.
Supervision is one of the most important safety precautions concerning archery, which is why no camper should be able to engage in archery without direct counselor supervision.
When Archery is not being supervised by a counselor, it is important to have an Archery backdrop in place. These are typically used when archers want to practice shooting and do not require direct supervision or instruction from staff members.
Archer backdrops consist of two posts with a target attached between them at the appropriate height for what type of range you are using. Archery backdrops can be made out of anything that is sturdy and durable enough to hold up the target, such as metal rods or PVC pipe.
When archers are finished with their session at Archery Camp, they need a safe place to store their bows until next time. This could be in staff personal cubbies or in Archery Camp storage. All bows should be safely stored, and no archer should ever leave their bow unattended for any amount of time.