July 22nd, 2013
Throughout the year Plas y Brenin (PyB) runs training and assessment courses in various activities and, in order to make the courses as authentic as possible, ‘mock’ students are used so that the candidates can accurately display their tuition and/or assessing skills. Being assessed for a high level qualification is a very stressful experience for the candidates and in order to provide them with as fair an assessment as possible PyB looks for mock students who have enough but not too much, relevant experience and a high level of commitment to the day. This is a great way to gain experience, confidence and free coaching! An experienced instructor will of course be closely supervising the candidates throughout the day. Courses currently using mock students are outlined below, along with a brief note of the level of mock student PyB is looking for.
Mountain Assessor Training Workshops – this is an opportunity for Mountain Leader Trainees to have a ‘mock assessment’ by candidates training as assessors.
Mountain Instructor Award Assessments and Re-assessments – this is an opportunity for novice climbers to learn/develop their skills on multi-pitch crags, on occasions there are also opportunities for days scrambling. No previous experience required.
BCU-UKCC Level 2 Coaching Paddlesport Assessments and Enhancement Courses – this is an opportunity for novice paddlers to learn/develop their kayak and open boat skills; no previous experience required.
BCU-UKCC Level 2 Moderate Water Assessments – this is an opportunity for flat water paddlers keen to be introduced to white water kayak, canoe or sea kayaking.
BCU-UKCC Level 3 Coaching Paddlesport Discipline Specific Assessments – this is an opportunity for intermediate paddlers keen to be introduced to or develop their skills in white water kayak, white water canoe or sea kayaking.
BCU-UKCC 4 Star Leaders Award Assessments – this is an opportunity for experienced paddlers (kayak, open boat or sea kayak) to have a guided day out; you should be already happy paddling at 4 star level (you do not need to hold the award). If you are looking to complete your four star, then this a great opportunity to experience an assessment without being assessed and see what it is all about and the level expected.
BCU-UKCC 5 Star Leaders Award Assessments – this is an opportunity for experienced paddlers (kayak, open boat or sea kayak) to have a guided day out; you should be already happy paddling at 5 star level (you not need to hold the award). If you are looking to complete your five star then this a great opportunity to experience an assessment without being assessed and see what it is all about and the level expected.
Tags: kayak award, mountain courses, mountain training workshop, outdoor training, Plas y Brenin
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July 2nd, 2013
With an increase in the number of organised events taking place on Snowdonia’s mountains, organisers and participants are encouraged to take extra precautions before embarking on such challenges. Recently, there has been an increase in sponsored walks and charity events being held in Snowdonia, which in turn has resulted in an increase in the number of emergency calls as groups get into difficulty on the mountains. As a result, the MountainSafe Partnership is appealing to organisers and participants to prepare themselves thoroughly before venturing on their challenge, and to be responsible and safe whilst enjoying the experience of walking the mountains of Snowdonia, and fundraising at the same time.
On behalf of MountainSafe, its Chairman Phil Benbow said, “We are eager for people to enjoy themselves as they come to Snowdonia and therefore are asking people to remember five things before they start out:
1. Prepare in advance by ensuring that all participants are aware of the challenge ahead of them and that they are fit and are properly equipped.
2. Weather – check the Met Office website for the latest weather forecast for Snowdonia and don’t be afraid to cancel your event if conditions are unfavourable.
3. Stay together – you are only as strong as your weakest member. Consider the whole group – don’t leave anyone behind.
4. Remember to have a backup emergency plan. There is no guarantee of a phone signal in the mountains and the mountain rescue service is an emergency service for emergency cases only.
5. Respect the mountain, local communities and other people and follow all local codes of conduct, including the Countryside Code, and take your litter home with you.
In remembering these five important points, participants are more likely to enjoy their experience and to succeed in their effort to raise money for their favourite charities. “
John Grisdale, Chairman of the Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team, added, “My concern about these groups is based on their lack of understanding of the mountains and the environment. For example, last week, we were called out to rescue three young men who decided not to follow the normal path. They weren’t wearing appropriate clothing or shoes, they didn’t have any directions, no leader and the gully they got stuck on was precarious for the rescue helicopter. Although most achieve their goal with a sense of satisfaction, if weather conditions are unfavourable, and there is a lack of knowledge by walkers, there’s an increased risk of accidents.”
Further advice on organising events in the mountains of Snowdonia can be found on Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team’s website – www.llanberismountainrescue.co.uk/news/sponsored-events-on-Snowdon – or contact the National Park Authority – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tags: emergency equipment, met office, mountaineering, mountainsafe, snowdon, walking
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