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What is a PAR-Q?

If you're organising classes in the fitness category, you likely require your bookers to complete a PAR-Q (Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire) or health questionnaire before they attend their first class.

This form aims to determine if your booker can be reasonably safe starting an exercise program or increasing their current activity level.

Asking health questions during booking

Your first option is to add health-related questions to the booking form so the attendee completes these within Bookwhen during booking. You can read how to edit your booking form here.

Some notes on this:

  • The system will ask these questions of the attendee every time they book. If they have created an account, their responses will be pre-filled with the information they entered the last time they booked. 

  • You can only access these responses via Bookwhen, through your admin panel or by exporting a CSV.

  • Depending on how many questions you have to ask and the format of these questions, the setup could be admin-heavy, and the booking form might be very long. You may wish to explore further options below.

Linking to your online PAR-Q

Instead of the previous option of making an attendee fill in the questions on each booking, you could instead have one question related to your PAR-Q in the booking form, for example:

The statement 'I confirm I have completed the health questionnaire' encompasses both new and existing bookers and lets you decide whether they must check this field (mandatory) before they can make a booking. It acts as consent, and the green text links the questionnaire if they are yet to complete it.

There are various questionnaire hosting options, like Google Forms, Jotform or Surveymonkey. Once you've decided on your preferred tool, you can create the questionnaire and add the booking question link.

Select Edit next to the field you'd like to add the link:

Add your link and text into the Additional help text field:

An example of the above code:

Click <a href="" target="_blank">here</a> to fill out our health questionnaire if you've not already done so

The line of code includes the following:

  • Ensures the survey opens in a new tab (so booker doesn't lose their booking)

  • Text of the hyperlink (i.e. the word displayed as the hyperlink).

💡 To note: We recommend making an attendee-related field, so if there are multiple people in one booking, you can get a confirmation for each one.

Attaching a PAR-Q to the booking form

The final option is adding your health questionnaire as a document attachment to a booking form field, as outlined here.

Some notes on this:

  • The booker can download the document but can't fill it in as part of the booking.

  • For example, the completed form must be manually returned to you directly via email. There is a risk that you must chase the booker to do so, or you may lose track of who has or hasn't done it, or lose the file itself, as it's not stored anywhere online.

Options for online forms

Google Forms


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