CHMAS – Delivering Bushcraft Sessions

Bushcraft is just so much fun! For the past few weeks, CHMAS have been delivering bushcraft sessions for Year 3 to Year 6 as part of an activity programme for Tynant Outdoors.

All the session had a fire theme to them.  This allowed me to differentiate the sessions for the specific year groups. A ‘Show and Tell’ approach for the Year 3 & Year 4 group. This allowed them to prepare firewood and then light a fire. A successful outcome and they were able to toast marshmallows.  By the time it came to the Year 6’s the gathered their own fire lighting materials, prepared it for use and used a method of their choice to light the fire. The look of pride on their faces as they toasted their marshmallows will stay with me for some time!

If you would like CHMAS to provide a bushcraft session for your group then please take a look at Group Programmes Page to find out more.

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Canoeing For Arthog Outreach A Real Outdoor Adventure

Canoeing a real outdoor adventure

This week I was out canoeing for Arthog Outreach with a group of Year 5’s for an outdoor adventure. This was a refreshing change from previous weeks where I  delivering REC first aid courses. To find out more about these courses take a look at the links below:

Emergency First Aid for the Outdoors
Basic First Aid for the Outdoors
Emergency First Aid for the Outdoors

This weeks session was working with a group of Year 5’s for a day of canoeing for an outdoor adventure. Despite the cold weather the group had a fantastic time canoeing.  I introduced the basic skills and we played lots of games, races and practiced Harry Potter spells to reinforce the learning.

The group were a little apprehensive at the start but as they gained confidence so did their enthusiasm. All enjoyed their time on the water, which I’m sure this was a result of a trust based coaching approach.  I was introduced to this approach at a recent Mountain Training Association (MTA) Coaching conference so its great to see this working in my coaching sessions.

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CHMAS – REC Emergency First Aid for the Outdoors

Ready for the off

Casualty assessment – just got real

Practical outdoor scenarios

 

 

 

 

 

 

We really enjoy delivering REC First Aid Courses and Chris has delivered quite a few over the past two week. The Yr Hafod – Scouts Activity Centre in North Wales was the course venue. It’s an exceptional location for a what turned out to be a cracking first aid course. We put the surroundings to good use for practical scenarios and casualty monitoring exercises.

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

If you would like CHMAS to provide this course for you then please do get in touch – chris@chmas.co.uk or take a look at our First Aid page

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CHMAS – First Aid Course

 

Choking protocols being tested

Here at CHMAS we provide Rescue & Emergency Care (REC) first Aid Courses and judging by the feedback our customers really like them. Last week we were running a one for Arthog Outreach and it was an absolute cracker.

This course has the REC Emergency First Aid for the Outdoors as the core course. We add a few extra modules that so the course will certify you for:

Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW) – 6hr
Emergency First Aid for the Outdoors – 16hr
Paediatric First Aid – 12hr

This means that you receive three certifications from one course. This means less time away from your job, saves you money and you have the correct first aid qualifications.

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

If you would like to join one of these courses, then please get in touch – chris@chmas.co.uk.

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CHMAS First Aid Course

CPR action

Here at CHMAS we provide Rescue & Emergency Care (REC) first aid Courses . We think the REC ethos is great as it provides flexibility to modify the course content for our audience.  Our last course was for a group of DofE Leaders and judging by the feedback received they thoroughly enjoyed the course.

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

If you would like to join one of these courses, then please get in touch – chris@chmas.co.uk. or take a look at our first aid page.

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Mountain Training Assocition – Coaching Workshop

MTA Coaching Workshop – What’s on the Menu

Chris is a member of the Mountain Training Association (MTA) and they provide great CPD opportunities. This resulted in him attending a coaching workshop at the Hollowford Centre in the Peak District.  There were several workshops on offer and he opted for the following.

Motivation, Self Determination Theory & Coaching – Dr Rebecca Williams
A very thought provoking session  looking at the implications of Instructing versus Coaching. This allowed us to investigate how the different approaches can create behavioural change and long term athlete development.

Feedback – Mike Raine
I found this workshop very useful and it consolidated my thoughts and processes on giving feedback. Feedback must be evidence based, given honestly and at the appropriate time.

The Power of Demonstrations & Effective Structures of Practise – Joby Davis
An insight into the pyramid of learning so that we chose the right method to transfer the information. This then led to tools to create  powerful demonstrations and the use of varied practice in achieving the end goal.

Trust Based Coaching – Mark Sykes
Much if this talk was centred on Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), which as an NLP practitioner I am quite interested in. We also looked at the Oscar Model and how this related to Trust Based Coaching system.

I am still reflecting on what I’ve learnt from the workshop. Early indications are that it is more than I realised as I have noticed subtle changes in my activity sessions. Is it instructing or coaching or the right combination of both? The jury is still out on that one but I do have very happy clients!!

 

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Instructing For Arthog Wales

Having fun at the beach

It was great to be back at Arthog Wales for a week of activity and a mighty fine week it was too.  Their resilience and perseverance  shone through as they took on the following activities.

  • Team Building Exercises
  • Climbing
  • Gorge Walking
  • Hill Walking
  • Coastal Exploration
  • Canoeing
  • Orienteering

The feedback from the young people and their teachers was fantastic. I was very pleased to receive it, particularly as it was my first full week of activity instruction  I also got to look at a few new activities and venues so I’m now very much look forward to returning in the New Year.

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CHMAS – Lowland Leader Assessment

Lowland Leader route finding through the fields

The Shropshire Countryside has bucket loads of suitable terrain for the Lowland Leader scheme. As a result our courses are very popular and we love running them. It’s pretty special being part of someone’s first step into outdoor leadership.  If this is done well who knows what they will go on to achieve!

During the training / assessment for the Lowland Leader scheme we will look at the following core areas:

    • Leadership Skills and Group Management;
    • Walking Skills;
    • Planning a Walk;
    • Basic Mapwork and Route Finding Skills;
    • Equipment;
    • Hazards and Emergency Procedures; and
    • Environmental Awareness, Conservation, Access and Land Ownership.

Day One – Earls Hill

Lowland Leader – route finding through forestry

A cracking circular walk starting / finishing from the car park on Earls Hill looking at the fundamental route finding skills. Our journey took us through a variety of terrain (fields, woodland & forestry. This created ample opportunities for appropriate route selection an environmental discussion. Other discussions focussed on personal and group kit, the impact of the weather and leadership responsibilities.

Day Two – Church Stretton

Lowland Leader – using local information

The main focus of this day was party management and enthusing others to get out into the countryside. It was a cracking day with lots of lively discussion. The final debrief was given at the Café in Carding Mill Valley and we celebrated their success with tea and cake.

Well done to Bryony, Ellie, Hannah and Ped who took the assessment in their stride and have now become Lowland Leaders.

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

To help you get the most from your assessment, our Top Tips for assessment is a useful guide. You can find it here.

If you would like CHMAS to provide your Lowland Training or Assessment then please take a look at our Get Qualified page. We look forward to hearing from you.

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CHMAS – AED Training (Take 2)

Training In Progress

CHMAS runs all sorts of first aid courses. We use this experience to provide bespoke, fun and engaging courses. In fact we have built up a solid reputation for this. As a result it was good to be back running our second AED course for this client.

The feedback from the course was exceptional and so much so that they have asked for the course to be repeated in November so a job well done in our opinion.

If you would like CHMAS to provide First Aid Training for your club or organisation then please take a look at out First Aid Page to find out more.

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Observing an Expeditions Skills Module with Bigfoot Services

CHMAS is an approved Provider for the Mountain Training Expedition Skills Module. We intend to run these courses in 2019 so when we had a chance to observe one of Bigfoot Services courses we couldn’t resist. It would provide excellent CPD and a chance for CHMAS to benchmark our course with an another Provider.

Day 1 – The Journey Begins

Mr Alan – setting the scene for the next two days

The route took us across the Black Mountain on wat felt like the coldest weekend of the year! After a brief chat, we weaved our way across the Black Mountain in search of a suitable campsite. We found an absolute cracker. With the tents erected in record time we were soon able shelter from the wind and warm up a little. Even with the addition of a few extra layers, it was still cold preparing the evening meals. They were quickly devoured and lifted the spirits which resulted in lots of tales and banter about all things mountaineering. Eventually, with the drop in temperature we all retired to the tents glad to be in our warm sleeping bags.

Day 2 – The Journey Continues

A poignant moment at the Wellington Bomber crash site

The next day we were blessed with blue skies but there was still a chill in the air! Breakfast was a social affair but that didn’t stop a little bit of rivalry about who would be first ready for off. We continued traversing the Black Mountain and headed for the Canadian Bomber crash site on Carreg Goch. We paused for lunch and then headed for the summit. As we reached the summit, it dawned on us that just 200 foot was the difference between life & death! From the summit we headed across country to our final destination at the Visitor Centre at Craig Y -Nos. At the Visitor Centre the nice Mr Alan purchased tea and cake for everyone and is a tradition I will be using for my courses. I’m pleased to say all the candidates passed and coped with some very cold conditions.

If you would like to attend a CHMAS Expedition Skills Module then take a look at our Get Qualified Page to find out more.

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