How to support novice club members weekend at Plas y Brenin

Posted by Jane Thompson on 18/11/2016
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This popular training event will be returning in 2017 over the weekend of 6-7 May at Plas y Brenin, Costing only £60 for the weekend, it is aimed at the experienced members of affiliated clubs that support less experienced members whilst they gain experience, develop skills, and become competent climbers, walkers and mountaineers in their own right.

Many clubs offer training sessions with experienced club members instructing novice or less experienced members.  This may be on a formal basis at specific training meets or informally at any club meet, and whilst it is not necessary for club members to hold any formal qualifications in order to deliver training to other members within their club, some may wish to be better informed on current good practice.

The weekend will include theory sessions on the principles of teaching and learning skills in the outdoors, issues around duty of care, insurance implications and good practice all delivered by experts in their field.  The majority of the weekend will consist of practical sessions on the teaching of climbing, hill walking, scrambling and navigation skills.

The course fee includes full board shared accommodation at Plas y Brenin whilst on the course.

When booking your place you will need to choose which practical sessions you wish to participate in.  The choices are:

Saturday (morning) - everyone doing indoor sessions

Saturday (afternoon)

Single Pitch Rock Climbing – teaching movement skills, footwork, balance, crag safety, wall to rock OR
Hill walking – teaching navigation skills

Sunday (all day)

Single Pitch Rock Climbing – teaching safe belaying, supervising lead climbers, crag choice OR
Multi Pitch Rock Climbing – teaching safe belaying, supervising lead climbers, crag choice OR
Hill Walking – route choice, group management, safety, navigation OR
Scrambling (introductory level skills) - route choice, group management, safety, navigation
 

Book your place here

NB You must be a current member of a BMC-affiliated club to attend this course

 

Some feedback from 2016 course participants

"An excellent course - interesting and informative. Great staff"

"A very well presented and useful course.  Holding it at PYB using their instructors was the icing on the cake.  Very good."

"All round this was an excellent event that far exceeded my expectations.  We can return to the club with new levels of optimism.  Many thanks for organising it."

 

WATCH: Training Novice Members Workshop at Plas y Brenin 2014

 


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The only cost for affiliation to the BMC is the individual payments for each member, there is no additional ‘club fee’. For 2017 the BMC fees for each Club Member are: Adult - £13.25 Student - £9.75 Under 18’s - £8.00

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19/05/2014
A brilliant weekend. I'd thoroughly recommend this to any club that is struggling with recruiting and training new members.

Ed Mitchell
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