Supporting student clubs: taking novices outdoors

Posted by Jane Thompson on 01/02/2016

A new initiative has been launched to support student clubs when taking novices outdoors. Due to demand this has been extended through to March 2016.

We know that in many student clubs the committee members or other experienced members are thrown in to the position of taking novices outdoors.  Many of these members would like some additional training and support to build their skills and confidence to ensure that the novices get the best experience possible.  This initiative will provide a qualified and experienced instructor for a day to advise these existing club members on how to safely set-up a training session for novices.

This is a pilot project so there is limited funding available.  If it is proved to be successful it is hoped to offer this in 2016-17 too.

Interested clubs will need to apply for the funding via a simple on-line form.

The training session will comprise of a practical day with an instructor to either look at climbing skills or hill-walking skills.

The climbing skills session will look at areas such as safely setting up top-ropes for novices to use, how to teach novices to set up top-ropes to allow them to climb independently, teaching top-belaying and bottom-belaying, safety awareness for taking a group to a crag, risk assessing activities, crag etiquette.  This session is not designed to teach people how to lead (due to time available) but will cover good gear placement in relation to building belays/setting up top-ropes.

The hill-walking skills session will look at areas such as safety in the hills, group management for leaders, route planning, teaching map reading and navigation skills, risk assessing activities, using the right kit, managing emergency situations, access and conservation awareness.

It is expected that the participants will already be competent hill-walkers and/or climbers before attending these sessions.

 

Key points

  • Clubs can apply for either a climbing or a hill-walking session
  • A maximum of 6 people can attend the session
  • All participants will be from the same student club
  • All sessions will take place before the end of March 2016
  • Participants are expected to be either a competent hill-walker and / or competent outdoor climber
  • Participants must be delivering sessions to novices at their club during 2015-16
  • Applications will only be accepted via the on-line form
  • Applications will be assessed on a first-come-first-served basis

 

All enquiries to Jane Thompson – jane@thebmc.co.uk or 07885 910606

Submit your application here

 

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