This training event, for those experienced club members who work with novices, will hopefully return in 2023.
Following on from the popular How to Train Novice Members in your Club weekends we are offering a weekend to help leaders and trainers move to the next stage by assisting them to deliver more advanced skills in scrambling and rock climbing.
Many clubs offer training sessions with experienced club members instructing or leading 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.
This course is for those members who have previously attended a How to Train Novice Members in your Club weekend and wish to develop their skills in supporting other, less experienced, club members in more advanced scrambling, in sea-cliff climbing and in multi-pitch climbing.
There will be some classroom-based sessions, but the majority of the weekend will consist of practical sessions out on the hills and crags.
Taking place over the weekend of TBC, this weekend will be running alongside the long-standing How to Train Novice Members in your Club course. Why not bring someone else from your club with you to attend the other course?
The self-catering bunkhouse on the main Plas y Brenin site will be your base for the weekend, or you can chose to book bed & breakfast accommodation in an en-suite room in the main house direct with Plas y Brenin.
The course fee includes your bunkhouse accommodation for both nights, a three-course meal on the Saturday evening, all group kit, transport to the practical sessions venues and all instruction.
When booking your place you will need to choose which practical sessions you wish to participate in. The choices are:
Saturday: Rock climbing, & Sunday: Multi-pitch rock climbing
Saturday: Rock climbing, & Sunday: Sea-cliff rock climbing
Saturday: Scrambling, & Sunday: Scrambling
The course will start, in a classroom, on the Saturday morning.
The content of the practical sessions will be tailored to the needs of the participants, but you can expect it to cover how to assess whether an individual is ready to progress to more advanced skills, planning the training, safety considerations, suitability of locations.
Those chosing climbing will look in more detail at skills including the differences in taking people climbing versus teaching peopl, climbing in series and climbing in parallel, protecting an abseil, and escaping a route / getting off the crag.
Those chosing scrambling will lookin more detail at skills including the step from emergency rope work to planned rope work, using helmets and harnesses, working in pairs, and lead climbing versus short roping.
The practical sessions will all be delivered by highly trained and experienced instructors from Plas y Brenin.
Will be a member of a BMC-affiliated club
Have previously attended a BMC How to Train Novice Members in your Club weekend at Plas y Brenin
Should have spent time looking after novices climbing outside
Should be an active rock climber
Confident at building belays
Confident at setting up abseils
Have done at least 30 multi pitch climbs
Have been climbing on sea cliffs
Should have spent time looking after novices walking and grade 1 scrambling
Should be an active scrambler
Have done at least 20 graded scrambles, some at grade 2 or 3
Booking not currently open
All prices include all instruction, group equipment, tea and cakes after the practical session on Saturday & Sunday plus a three-course meal on the Saturday evening. The accommodation is for Friday and Saturday night on a self-catering basis in the bunkhouse.
Total cost for the weekend = £99
These rates are significantly subsidised by the BMC - the full rate would be £300- £350.
En-suite rooms may be available in the main house for you to book - please contact PyB directly to do this (www.pyb.co.uk / 01690 720214)
NB You must be a current member of a BMC-affiliated club to attend this course
NB It is expected that all participants are competent in the skills appropriate to the practical session options that they have chosen as per the pre-requisites listed above.
If training novices in the winter is more your thing then check out the course covering winter skills
If you need to attend the initial course covering walking, single-pitch climbing and basic scrambling then click here
If you are a novice or just want to improve your personal skills check out our Training Essentials courses delivered in partnership with the AMI, or our Ready to Rock courses (for those moving from indoor to outdoor climbing).
If you a committee member for a student club then check out the annual Student Club Safety Seminar that runs in the autumn at Plas y Brenin.
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Places on this course are not guaranteed until payment has been received.
Cancellations within 14 days of the course starting will not be eligible for a refund.
Cancellations 15-28 days prior to the course starting will get a 50% refund.
Cancellations more than 28 days prior to the course starting get a full refund.
In case of cancellation we can sometimes transfer your booking to another course if you wish and there is space.
If the course is cancelled by the BMC a full refund will be offered or the option to transfer your booking on to another course, whichever you prefer.
For queries about this programme contact Jane Thompson via email or phone: firstname.lastname@example.org / 07885 910606