Course Directing a Mountain Leader Training Course

As a recently approved Course Director for the Mountain Leader Award Scheme,  I was delighted to be asked to Direct a Mountain Leader training course for Yr Hafod. There was a real mix of weather over the three weekends from heavy rain to glorious sunshine and there was much learning and laughter all around.

We did good

Weekend 1
Getting to grips with the fundamental navigational skills and how to introduce these skills to others. A rather wet but informative day.
The second day was spent on a mountain journey looking at security on steep ground without the use of a rope.

 

 

Playing with ropes

Weekend 2
Security on steep ground with the rope and looking at efficient movement in the mountain environment, emergency procedures and lots of discussion about the mountain environment.

Room with a view on the mini break

Weekend 3
The mini break or two day expedition on the Moelwyns looking at both 1:25,000 and 1:50,00o map scales and river crossings and evacuation strategies for an incapacitated walker.

Overall, a very enjoyable course working with some mighty fine aspirant Mountain Leaders.

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Professional Development – Oxygen Therapy Course

Effective utilisation and management of your resources.

CHMAS run a variety of first aid courses and to keep our courses up to date, Chris regularly undertakes Continuous Professional Development (CPD) and his latest CPD was to attend am Oxygen Therapy Course run by Pete Rich of Rich Adventure and a mighty fine course it was too. The course looked at:

  • The respiratory system;
  • Benefits of oxygen therapy;
  • Equipment use, operational checks & safe storage;
  • Indications / Contradictions for the use of Oxygen;
  • Administering oxygen (flow rates and masks); and
  • Records.

If you need an Oxygen Therapy course then I can highly recommend the one provided by Rich Adventure.

To see the CHMAS range of first aid courses then please click here.

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Canoeing With Arthog Outreach

Preparing for a bit of head, shoulders, knees and toes action.

The last week of the spring term for Arthog Outreach involved mainly canoeing sessions and a pretty mixed bag it was too!

Year 3 Canoeing At Simpsons Pool
Lots of fun and laughter as we whizzed about Simpsons Pool in rafted canoes, playing lots of games to build up the fundamental skills. Everyone had lots of fun and all wanting to do more so a job well done in my opinion.

GCSE – PE Canoe Module
A welcome break from the normal canoe session, working with 12 students who have opted to the canoe module as part of the PE GCSE. The main emphasis of the session was efficient forwards paddling, with turning, stopping and moving sideways all thrown in for good measure. As a reward for their efforts all 12 participants successfully completed the British Canoeing – Paddlepower – Paddlestart Award. I’m really looking forward to working with these students on the next few sessions and I’m sure it is going to be whole load of fun.

Now looking forward to recharging the batteries during the Easter Holidays.

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Hill & Moorland Leader Training – Observation

Hill & Moorland Leader training – what a course!

I was very fortunate to be observing a Hill & Moorland (HML) Training course being run by Alan Ward of Bigfoot Services and an excellent course it was too. We had a real mixed bag of weather, lots of laughter and learning. Chris is really looking forward to running this courses later in the year.

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

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NCS Course Leading

Having fun in the snow.

It was good to be back at Condover Hall, leading an activity residential for a NCS programme. Despite the cold weather everyone had a lovely time and the talent show on the last evening was epic!

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Adventure With Arthog Outreach

Reflecting and enjoying the view on Earls Hill

The last couple of weeks at Arthog Outreach has been very enjoyable where I have been leading hill walking, caving, canoeing and bushcraft sessions with a mix of year groups. Each group has its own challenges, special moments and it was a privilege to be involved with their adventures.

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Instructing For Arthog Outreach

A few activities at Arthog Outreach

Its been a busy few weeks at Arthog Outreach which has seen me having a smashing time breaking up the ice for canoeing, battling against the wind for a hill walking and team building activities for Years 3 to Year 9. Each of these activities taking the young people out of their comfort zone and helping them to develop. Which is just one of the rewarding things about being an outdoor educator, instructor!

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CHMAS – Lowland Leader Training

Last week, CHMAS was running their first Lowland Leader Training Course and despite the initial scare with the snowy weather it turned out to be a very enjoyable course indeed.

The team relocating on Day 1

Day 1 – Getting the Fundamentals Right
The day started off with an indoor session to introduce the award, personal and group leader kit, weather and reviewing the fundamental navigation skills before heading off for a little walk in the Shropshire countryside. It was great to see the group applying the skills learnt earlier in the day and we made good progress around the walk with some excellent relocation skills being demonstrated. The day finished off with a route planning exercise for the next days walk.

The team in action on Day 2

Day 2 – Applying the Fundamentals
A little session on Responsibilities of the Group Leader and it was off for the second day’s walk which was around Ellesmere. The group continued to develop their skills and it was lovely to see and hear their mini presentations. We also talked about the environment and looked at dealing with minor /major incidents before heading back for the final debrief.

The feedback from the course was exceptional and Chris was particularly pleased to see this review on Facebook.

Attended an absolutely fantastic 2 day Lowland Leader course with Chris. Really knowledgeable, great teacher (and very patient!!). The walks he took us on were well chosen and allowed us to practice our skills, as well as gave us the opportunity to talk through anything we did not understand. I have also attended one of his bush craft courses which was hugely enjoyable! Highly recommend him!

If you would like to attend a Lowland Leader Training or Assessment course run by CHMAS then please take a look at our Get Qualified Pages to find out more.

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Working For Arthog Outreach

The think about it – do it – make it better cycle

Another good couple of days working for Arthog Outreach, which has seen predominantly leading team building sessions, something I have come to realise I am exceedingly good at.

Year 3 / Year 4 Team Building
In the morning, I delivered team building challenges and games to a Year 3 Group through the process of Plan – Do – Review cycle. We played lots of games (hoop challenge, balance tray, keeper of the keys, alphabet to name but a few). As a reward for the efforts we finished off with a few traversing games on the climbing wall.

For the afternoon group, the team building was delivered through the vehicle of climbing session, with the group having personal challenge (how high they climbed) and then taking responsibility for each other when belaying. A very enjoyable session and hopefully the group will take some of the things they learnt back into the classroom with them.

OAA Team Building Afternoon
We had four schools involved in afternoon of team building and climbing challenges and a mighty fine afternoon it was too. It was really nice to see the young people getting stuck into the activities and trying to do the best they could. Judging by the feedback received everyone had a good time including the staff. Some were so impressed with our activity provision they have been in touch for us to run additional activities for them. A job well done in my opinion.

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Another Week At Arthog Outreach

It’s good to be back in the grove for Arthog Outreach and this week, I have been leading canoeing and team building challenges, which despite my cold were very enjoyable with lots of smiling faces and laughter ringing in my ears!

Canoe and fungi forage

Canoeing With Year 4’s at Simpsons Pool
Although canoeing was the theme for these sessions it was used as a vehicle to deliver team building, confidence and co-operation. The teams worked to unload the canoes, built the super canoes, worked together to propel the canoes and then at the end of the session dismantled the super canoes and loaded the trailer. We played lots of games on the water, compass, fruit salad, thunder, speed challenges and stand up paddling. During the lunch time break, the group spotted some fungi and were keen to identify them

Judging by the feedback received everyone had a good time and a special thanks needs to go to Jamie and Tom for their help and support in delivering these sessions.

Team Building With A Year 3 & 4 Group
In the morning, I delivered team building challenges and games to a Year 3 Group through the process of Plan – Do – Review cycle. We played lots of games (hoop challenge, balance tray, keeper of the keys to name but a few). As a reward for the efforts we finished off with a few traversing games on the climbing wall.

For the afternoon group, the team building was delivered through the vehicle of climbing session, with the group having personal challenge (how high they climbed) and then taking responsibility for each other when belaying. A very enjoyable session and hopefully the group will take some of the things they learnt back into the classroom with them.

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