Long and triple jump


​Guideline review date: 28 October 2021​​

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​This guideline is provided to support schools in implementing the managing risks in school curriculum activities procedure.

The CARA planner (DOCX, 600KB) must be used for the specific school context in conjunction with this guideline considering additional risks, hazards and controls and including environmental, facility, equipment and student considerations

For activities beyond the scope of this guideline, complete a CARA record using the CARA generic template (DOCX, 488KB).

Activity scope

This guideline relates to student participation in long and/or triple jump as an activity to support curriculum delivery.

For activities conducted at a non-Department of Education venue, and/or when engaging external expertise, request written risk assessment advice and attach it to this CARA record.

For activities conducted off-site, schools must comply with the school excursions procedure.

For activities conducted as part of representative school sport programs, schools should consult with Queensland School Sport​.​

Medium risk
Long and/or triple jump activities involving jumping from a track into a pit.

Activity requirements

If any requirement cannot be met, the activity must not occur.

If any other safety recommendation cannot be met, modify the activity (or elements of it) and/or identify and use the hierarchy of controls​ to implement alternative control measures to meet or exceed the minimum safety standard.

Competition rules and procedures with additional or more stringent safety requirements take precedence.​


Parent consent (DOCX, 306KB) is required for all activities conducted off-site.


Principals make final supervision decisions for the activity. Sufficient adult supervision must be provided to manage the activity safely (including emergency situations).

For activities with students with a medical condition or disability that may impact on safety during the activity, consultation with parents is required prior to allocating supervision to determine the impact of students’ medical condition or disability on safety during the activity.

The number of adult supervisors required to fulfil emergency and supervision roles must consider the nature of the activity, students’ ages, abilities and specialised learning, access and/or health needs.

Before the activity, all adult supervisors:

  • must be familiar with the contents of the CARA record
  • must assess weather conditions prior to undertaking the activity, inspecting the intended location in order to identify variable risks, hazards and potential dangers.

During the activity, all adult supervisors:

  • must be readily identifiable
  • must closely monitor students with health support needs
  • must closely supervise the approach, take-off and landing areas. Participants must not begin their run up until the landing area is clear
  • must regularly monitoring the landing pit condition, inspecting for foreign objects throughout the activity
  • must allow jumping in 1 direction only
  • must comply with control measures from the CARA record and adapt as hazards arise
  • must suspend the activity if the conditions become unfavourable (e.g. extreme temperatures, slippery run-up/take-off).

Supervisor qualifications

Principals make final decisions in determining supervisor capability (competence, relevance and currency) and are responsible for encouraging and enabling school-based activity supervisors to raise their qualifications to improve safety standards.

All adult supervisors must comply with the working with children authority – blue cards procedure and be able to identify, and respond to, risks or hazards that may emerge during the activity.

A registered teacher must be appointed to maintain overall responsibility for the activity.

At least 1 adult supervisor is required to be:

  • a registered teacher with competence (knowledge and skills) in teaching long and/or triple jump; or
  • an adult supervisor, working under the direct supervision of a registered teacher, with current Level 1 Community Athletics Coach accreditation from Athletics Australia (or equivalent).

Facilities and equipment

The qualified adult supervisor of the activity, in consultation with the principal, determines the requirements for facilities and equipment appropriate to the local context.

Location must be suitable for the activity being undertaken to ensure safe participation and that safety rules and procedures can be followed.

Landing pit must be:

  • ­at least 2.75 m wide and long enough for all participants to land safely
  • filled with sufficient soft sand to be level with the runway surface and absorb impact from landing and
  • ­free from foreign objects (e.g. rocks, sticks). Depolluted, where necessary.

Take-off area must be:

  • a non-slip board or mat (e.g. wood, carpet),appropriate to the footwear being worn by participants (e.g. spikes)
  • positioned to ensure participants can reach the landing area. A variety of take-off points for triple jump may be required
  • fixed securely. If pegs are used to secure take-off mats, they must be fixed in all corners to avoid tripping and be level with the ground to avoid laceration
  • flat and level with the runway surface and
  • clearly visible from the runway.

Ensure spikes, if worn, are no longer than 9mm (synthetic surface) or 12mm (grass surface) per the Little Athletics Competition Handbook (section 3). Follow venue requirements, if available.

Wear shoes (recommended) or tape the feet when using a wooden take-off board to avoid small splinters.

A whistle, flags, cones for command signalling to be available.

 Common hazards and controls

Further to those listed, include any additional hazards and control measures considering the local context of the activity.

Environmental hazards Control measures

Biological hazards
Body fluids (e.g. blood, saliva, sweat)

Manage bodily substances (e.g. blood) and open wounds before, during and after the activity. Consult infection control guidelines and Queensland Health's exclusion periods for infectious conditions poster for hygienic practices and first aid.

Environmental conditions
Weather, sun, humidity

The school's sun safety strategy must be followed if participating outside.

Assess weather (Bureau of Meteorology) and environmental conditions prior to participating outside.

Follow the managing excessive heat in schools guidelines when participating in very hot or extreme heat conditions.

Ensure drink breaks occur regularly. Make water available for individual participants between drink breaks.

Facilities and equipment hazards Control measures

Faulty or dangerous equipment

Confirm there are no slip hazards on take-off board before each jump (e.g. water, sand).

Use markers made from non-injurious material (e.g. cardboard, foam). Do not leave markers in or adjacent to the pit.

Playing surface

Conduct a field check to identify and manage runway surface hazards. Clear the runway surface from loose items or debris. Do not participate on a surface that is slippery, unduly rough or chopped up.

Cover/fill runway hazards (e.g. sprinkler heads, holes) to be level with the surrounds.

Check damp sand is sufficiently soft to absorb landing impact.

Rake and level the landing pit after each jump.

Sharp implements or objects

Mark the edges of wooden take-off boards with plastic dome markers or similar.

Do not leave unattended rakes, forks and shovels in or beside the landing pit. If placed on the ground, face prongs downwards.

Student considerations Control measures

Physical exertion
Exhaustion and fatigue

Conduct warm-up/cool-down activities

Continually monitor participants for signs of fatigue and exhaustion.

Student issues

Remove accessories (e.g. jewellery, lanyards) before participating

Ensure fingernails, hair and clothing (e.g. pockets) do not interfere with the activity.

Implement a safe jumping procedure to ensure jumping occurs in one direction only (e.g. remove barrier device or witches hat and call name or whistle signal to start the run up).

Provide specific safety induction for students wearing spikes.

Clear the landing pit before students start their approach.

Implement procedures (e.g. roll marking mechanisms) to prevent separation from the group when participating off-site.

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Last updated 13 July 2022