At long last, I have now completed the process to become a Level 1 Cave & Mine Leader and I’m really chuffed about it.
The process to become a Cave & Mine Leader is a straight forward process and involves attending a training course, a period of consolidation and then a core skills assessment and group assessment and I found the whole process to be very rewarding indeed.
I completed the Cave & Mine Leader Training with Adam Evans in March 2013 and this certainly provided me with a firm foundation to go on and pass the assessment. To see my blog post about this course please click here.
Then, it was quite a long period of consolidation exploring caves and mines with my good friend ‘Scardy Dave’ along with some most excellent mentoring from Al Braybrooke (our Technical Advisor for Cave & Mine Exploration) and Andy ‘Moley’ McHugh. By the time of the core skills day I had some 60 plus trips in the log book.
In March 2015, I successfully completed the Core Skills day with Daryl Godfrey and as a personal recommendation from Adam it proved to be a thoroughly rewarding experience. Like all good assessments, I learnt a lot in the process and felt very inspired to go on an complete the assessment process . To see my blog post about this day then please click here.
Unfortunately, due to work commitments I didn’t get around to booking the Group Day Assessment until November and I did the assessment with Nige Atkins who was recommended by Darryl and Al. I undertook the assessment in Ogof Llanymynech. It was another relaxed assessment and I learnt some very bad jokes from Nige and whole lot about cave photography. Nige would be another provider, I would recommend for training & assessment.
Now looking forward to getting a few more vertical trips under the belt before going for Level 2 Training (vertical systems).