What are the rules?

We're currently outdoors, so no fees or major rules will pertain. If we ever move to an indoor location, that might change. Donations against costs associated with the class are voluntary, and not solicited.

While there are no rules, some guidelines might be considered as your option.

  • DO: Wear protective eye gear. Safety glasses or at least sunglasses. Some may be available to borrow.
  • DO: Consider other safety gear. While not mandatory: earplugs for supersonic cracking; wide-brimmed hats for erratic whip ends; long-sleeved pants; long-sleeved shirts or jackets.
  • DO NOT: Pick up someone's whips or gear without being given specific permission to do so.
  • DO NOT: Target other people. Inanimate targets may be provided from time to time.
  • DO: Be aware of your surroundings at all time.
    • Whips can take up a hemispherical amount of space in 360 horizontal degrees with some kinds of throwing, so being aware of this can add to personal safety.
    • Please be aware of the sonic cone you create when throwing a whip that goes supersonic, and those standing down from you in that cone who will get the brunt of that cracking volume.
    • If not actively throwing whips, please stay conscious of the fact that whips are whirring around you. Engaging in idle chit-chat with those throwing whips isn't the best idea (despite the bad example experienced throwers will undoubtedly be portraying.)
  • DO: Treat leather whips delicately. If lent one, try to keep it out of any dirt on the ground, out of any damp grass, and if putting it down, much like mountaineering rope, try never to step on a whip. And do remember that getting Golden Gate Park dirt in a whip is essentially getting sand into the plaiting. And sand is pretty close to ground glass...