The BMC's 'Apprentice' workshop: you're invited!

Posted by Jon Garside on 03/04/2013
Learn how to introduce novices to climbing and walking.

This weekend workshop on 18 & 19 May at Plas y Brenin, the National Mountain Centre in Snowdonia, is for club members wishing to learn more about introducing new club members to climbing and walking.

Welcoming novices and then guiding them through an apprenticeship has always been a mainstay of walking and climbing clubs. The BMC has been delivering this subsidised workshop since 2011, to provide support to club members interested in developing their own outdoor teaching skills. For the fully inclusive price of £50, the weekend will be a mixture of theory and practical sessions with an emphasis on the latter.

The theory sessions will consider ways to structure an outdoor introductory session for novices unfamiliar with the outdoors, with the practicals then putting this into practice. Led by Plas y Brenin staff, you will learn current good practice on ways to introduce novices to climbing and walking. There will be a choice of activities to focus on.

The BMC Civil Liability insurance provides cover to all BMC members when introducing novices to walking and climbing in a non-professional manner. A number of club case studies and the legal aspects of informal instruction will also be included during the weekend.   

Download the weekend programme

Bookings for this workshop are now closed - details for the 2014 event on 17-18 May will be released in early 2014

Upcoming BMC events for clubs this year include:

Club Seminar - A biennial FREE one-day seminar at Castleton YHA in the Peak District. Designed to inform clubs on a range of issues such as insurance, governance, managing pooled club equipment, marketing your club, use of social media and legal considerations. Lunch included.

Student Safety and Good Practice Seminar - The seminar at Plas y Brenin in Snowdonia gives university club members the opportunity to improve their club practices and ensure safer enjoyment of our cliffs and mountains.  The weekend comprises a mixture of lectures, discussions and practical workshops.

Club Training Courses - Winter skills, Navigation and First Aid weekend courses held around the country for club members.


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