CHMAS – REC Emergency First Aid Course

Adult, Child & Infant CPR on our courses

Last week CHMAS ran a REC Emergency First Aid Course for Arthog Outreach and judging by the feedback a mighty fine course it was too. The course is a 16 hour course delivered over two days in an outdoor environment so it’s very much the industry standard first aid course.

Although, we are obliged to follow a syllabus these courses are tailored to your requirements and there’s lots of practical content too. If you would like CHMAS to deliver this course fro you and your group then please take a look at our first aid page to find out more.

To see a few more photographs from the course please click here.

We look forward to hearing from you.

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NCS Course Leading

One of the NCS Pillars – Challenge

Last week, I was course leading a National Citizen Service Activity Residential for Condover Hall and it turned out to be quite a challenging week but one in which I learnt the subtle art of conflict resolution.

We had 110 participants onsite plus staff plus staff engaged in various activities throughout the week including a talent show which was pretty awesome.  On top of that there were NCS team exercises to prepare the participants for their University Residential and Social Action Project.

Despite, the personal challenges, all the groups did well and I was especially impressed by the Orange Team who despite their additional support needs were also laughing and getting stuck into the activities. I would like to wish you all well as you work your way to the graduation ceremony at the end of your NCS Programme.

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Another Week At Arthog Outreach

The group deciding on the way forward

This week’s work for Arthog Outreach has seen me doing some centre admin, kayak rescue training and caving sessions and a mighty fine week it was too.

Centre Admin
In a past life, I was a Highway Engineer, responsible for amongst other things risk assessments and safe working practices so I was tasked to write up a risk assessment for Bushcraft – Foraging & Cooking, a new venue for canoeing and then complete a COSHH Assessment. A bit of change from outdoor instruction

Canoe Rescue Training
A local college, w=is preparing its students for canoe / kayak module and I was asked to introduce canoe rescues to them in the swimming pool before they did them for real outside. We looked at bank based rescues, swimmer rescues, emptying boats, getting people back in and self rescue. The group were really enthusiastic and all wanted to do more so a a job well done in my opinion.

Caving at Ogof Llanymynech
It was nice to be back at the cave for a return visit with another Year 5. Like the group the previous week they were a little anxious about caving first but with a few stories about how the cave was firmed, the previous uses of the cave and a few stories about how I got into caving they soon overcame their fear and were keen to go on explore. All the group made it into the Shaft Chamber and then most went into Fiveways Chamber and on to face the puddle of truth. A very enjoyable day indeed.

If you would like CHMAS to provide this type of activity for you and your group then please take a look at our Group Activity Page to find out more.

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MTUK Providor Workshop

Last week, as part of a regular update to work on Mountain Leader (ML) courses, I was at a MTUK Walking Award Provider workshop delivered by Bryn Williams of Mountain Training Cymru (MTC) and a mighty fine course it was too.

Over the day we looked at course delivery, use of technology, terrain definitions and suitable terrain for all three of the walking awards. There was lots of discussion and I came away with a much clearer idea of how the MTUK want the various schemes delivered. Now very much looking forward to the Lowland Leader Induction next month.

 

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Instructing For Arthog Outreach

The group deciding on the way forward

This week’s work for Arthog Outreach has seen me running canoeing and caving sessions and an interesting week it was too.

Canoeing at Simpsons Pool
A pretty challenging day out in rafted canoes at Simpsons Pool. We played lots of games, raced each other and a little bit of exploring to shrieks of laughter as the teams got to grips with manoeuvring the canoes eventually! To liven things up after lunch we played a game of fruit salad, stand up paddling and Harry Potter. Thankfully, this week I wasn’t marooned on a ledge which was just as well with the groups canoeing skills.

Caving at Ogof Llanymynech
Its been a while since I visited the cave and it was nice to be going back underground. the group were a little apprehensive at first but with a few stories about the cave, information on how it was formed they soon overcame their fear and were keen to go on explore the Fiveways Chamber and face the puddle of truth. Most of the group were keen to do more so a job well done in my opinion.

If you would like CHMAS to provide this type of activity for you and your group then please take a look at our Group Activity Page to find out more.

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MTA – Climbing For All Workshop

Abseil in progress………

On the weekend, I was at the Beacon Climbing Centre in North Wales on a MTA workshop Climbing For All delivered by Graeme Hill and an excellent workshop it was too. The morning was spent looking at the myths and beliefs about clients who require additional support, providing an effective session and communication with the climbers. A very useful and thought provoking session.

The afternoon was spent looking at providing additional support mechanisms for climbers (group based support, climbing alongside – self belaying and hoisting systems). Then we moved on how to set up wheelchair abseiling and how best to manage the experience.

A really useful course, excellently delivered by Graeme and if you work with climbers who require additional support then this is the course for you. I promise you won’t be disappointed.

 

 

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Another Week At Arthog Outreach

Rescuing the Captain……..

Working for Arthog Outreach is always fun and this week was no difference! I took a group of Year 3’s canoeing and was part of a team providing on onsite activity day for  a Group of Year 6’s.

Canoeing at Simpsons Pool With Year 3’s
A pretty special day out in rafted canoes at Simpsons Pool. We played lots of games, raced each other and a little bit of exploring to shrieks of laughter as the teams got to grips with manoeuvring the canoes. To liven things up after lunch we played a game of pirates and again my group decided to leave me marooned on a ledge! Thankfully, another group came and recued me.

Onsite Team Building Day
I was working with our very own Al Braybrooke providing an onsite activity day for a group of Year 6 students. The morning was split between the climbing tower and orienteering and I was responsible for running the orienteering. The group struggled a little at first but with a bit of retraining and focussing there were soon whoops of delight as they completed the course. As expected, the climbing was well received and I was particularly impressed by how the teams got stuck into the team challenges and applied the Plan – Do – Review cycle to improve their performance.

If you would like CHMAS to provide this type of activity for you and your group then please take a look at our Group Programmes page to find out more.

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Lowland Leader Assessment

Where we too then?

Last weekend, I was in South Wales working / observing on a Lowland Leader Assessment for Caerphilly Adventures and a mighty fine course it was too. The majority of the candidates were well prepared and breezed through the assessment and it was a privilege to be part of the team.

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Instructing For Arthog Outreach

Rescue boat approaching

Working for Arthog Outreach is always fun and this my first real week back was an absolute pleasure! I took a group of Year 3’s canoeing and a Group of Year 5’s on a habitat walk and there was much laughter all around.

Canoeing at Simpsons Pool With Year 3’s
A challenging day out in rafted canoes at Simpsons Pool. We played lots of games, raced each other and a little bit of exploring to shrieks of laughter as the teams got to grips with manoeuvring the canoes. To liven things up after lunch we played a game of pirates and my group decided to leave me marooned on a ledge! Thankfully, another group came and recued me.

Spider’s web at the entrance to the cave

Hill Waking On the Wrekin With Year 5’s
This group of Year 5’s were out and about for a habitat walk and a mighty fine day it was too. We walked out of the centre through the urban environment, farming environment and eventually entered the woodland environment to look at different habitats, which included a visit to a spring, a cave a woodland hideaway for lunch, a marsh and the group were extremely pleased to find deer tracks and see a deer in the wild. The group really enjoyed the day and wanted to come back for more. A job well done in my opinion.

If you would like CHMAS to provide this type of activity for you and your group then please take a look at our Group Programmes page to find out more

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REC Life Saver Course

Course in progress!

This week, I was back to deliver the second half of a REC Life Saver and Heartstart First Aid Course. We recapped on the topics of the first week (vital signs, causes of unconsciousness, accident protocols, recovery position and CPR). The topics for todays session were airway problems (asthma and choking), circulatory problems (shock, external bleeding & heart attacks) and the participants answered a short question paper. There was excellent feedback from both courses with everyone wanting to practice, learn and do more.

The courses have been delivered for the Shropshire Wildlife Trust, who as part of their Growing Confidence Initiative are delivering an alternative curriculum for a local school and hopefully more courses will follow.

If you would like CHMAS to deliver a First Aid Course for you then please take a look at our first aid pages to find out more.

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