Instructing For Arthog Wales

Descending from Diffwys Summit After Our Reward

Variety is the spice of life so Chris always looks forward to working at Arthog Wales.

The weekend’s activity consisted of onsite team building tasks and visit to the beach to settle the team in. Then on the second day it was off to Diffwys Mountain (750m) for a hill walk. The walk up was steep in places, with one or two finding it tough going. However, the views more than made up for the effort to climb the mountain. To celebrate, a reward seemed appropriate. What better way to celebrate than with hot chocolate and flap jack which didn’t hang around long!

A fab weekend working with some fantastic young people and staff.


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Instructing For Arthog Outreach

It’s always fun to work with Arthog Outreach. This week was no exception with two fab groups having an adventure. The first group everyone one reached new heights climbing at Grinshill.

While the second group mastered canoeing at Simpsons Pool. During lunch we made use of the Kelly kettle to make hot chocolate. Always a great booster for any activity the hot chocolate disappeared quickly. During the activity review apparently it was the best part of the day!

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CHMAS – Outdoor First Aid Training

Outdoor scenario in progress

Here at CHMAS, we really enjoy providing fun and informative first aid training and this was our second course in March. We like to keep our course sizes small so that there is plenty of hands on time and discussion.

CHMAS uses Rescue & Emergency Care (REC) for our outdoor courses. There is great flexibility with these courses, which means they can be e modified for the participants specific needs. This course used forest school scenarios as all the course members were responsible for forest school type activities.

This was a lively course with the candidates asking some really thought provoking questions. To see a few pictures from the course then please click here.

The feedback from the course was exceptional with one participant stating:

Chris was excellent at putting people at ease and making me feel confident to ask questions. His pace was great and activities were timed well so that learning theory was very quickly put into practice. I feel that the information given would be quickly put into practice back in my setting. Thank you.

If you would like CHMAS to provide a first aid course for you or your organisation, then please take a look at our First Aid Pages.

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CHMAS – Lowland Leader Training

Our venue for Day 2 – just after the snow storm

As an approved Course Provider for the Lowland Leader Scheme, Chris was out and about delivering a training course in March. There were 4 exceptional candidates on the course who took everything in their stride.

Day 1 – Personal Skills
This was all about the personal skills of the award using the beautiful Shropshire countryside. We even managed to stop for a quick brew at the Haughmond Hill Café, which was a great treat. The day concluded with a quick look at DLog and preparing a route card for the next day.

Day 2 – Group Management Skills
Our venue for the day was the wonderful Church Stretton Hills and two extremes of weather (glorious sunshine and a snow storm). This day was all about group management and being an effective walk leader. We looked at how to deal with an incapacitated group member and how to get help. Interwoven throughout the day was environmental knowledge and I was entertained by the candidate’s hill talks.

The day ended with a review and debrief at the Cardingmill Valley Café and individual action plans.

To join CHMAS on one of Lowland Leader training or assessment courses please click here to find out more.

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CHMAS – First Aid Training

Looking for Damage – in the secondary survey

Towards the end of March, I was running a REC Emergency First Aid At Work (EFAW) course for Skyreach in Telford Town Park. It was a lively course to work on with seven very enthusiastic staff who asked lots of questions. The course culminated, with a full scale rescue exercise on the ropes course. This allowed the emergency procedures and their previous rescue skills training to be tested to the full.

The course feedback was exceptional as shown by the comment below

‘ A great course. Everyone said it was the best they have done…perfect match for us’

If you would like CHMAS to run a first aid course for your organisation then please take a look at our first aid pages to find out more. We look forward to hearing from you.


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CHMAS – Canoeing on the Llangollen Canal

On the Aqueduct – Designed by Thomas Telford

Sometimes, things just don’t go as planned and alternative plans have to be drawn up. This was certainly the case with this excellent trip. The original plan to paddle on the River Severn needed a change of venue due to high water levels. After a little deliberation we opted to canoe on the Llangollen Canal.

We set off from the Bryn Howell Hotel and paddled our way to Chirk. Its an impressive trip with two aqueducts and two tunnels to spice up the journey. Along the way the group learnt how to steer the canoe, portage and line the boats. The trip ended with a celebratory hot chocolate with everyone proud of their achievements.

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

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Instructing For Arthog Wales

Having Fun On The Beach – Gorge Meets The Sea

Always fun to work at Arthog Wales and this was no exception!

Working with a Year 5 group, who undertook team building activities, gorge walking, mountain walking and canoeing. The team building was pretty special moment with everyone doing the trust fall. As a reward to end the session with a quick trip to the beach. The hill walk took us to some spectacular waterfalls and we had lots of fun jumping in puddles. The canoe session was a close second but the most enjoyable session was the Gorge Walking.

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Canoeing on Llyn Padarn

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On a wet and windy weekend in March, Chris was running a couple of canoe sessions on Llyn Padarn for a CCF group. Despite the windy conditions, all had a good time and successfully completed the British Canoeing – Paddle Start Award.

Day 1
With a bit of creativity, to avoid the wind. the group soon mastered the fundamental skills to journey across the lake. The smiles on their faces at the end of the day showed just how proud they were of their achievements.

Day 2
A slightly less windy day which meant we were able to go for a journey on the lake, learning the fundamental skills as we went. Some brave souls even went on to learn some solo skills in sheltered lagoon. We had a fab day despite the arduous journey back across the lake and again everyone was super proud of their achievements.

To see a few pictures from the weekend please click here.

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Instructing For Arthog Outreach

Having fun on the traversing wall

A very mixed week working for Arthog Outreach and what a cracker it was too!

The activities involved, canoeing at Simpsons Pool and a walk up the Wrekin. However, the icing on the cake was a team building for Year 2 & Year 3 students. Judging by the laughter everyone had a great time and enjoyed the activities.

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Scout Association – T1 Permit Assessment

Show me the way home

As part of our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Chris is a Hill Walking and Climbing Assessor for the Scout Association. As such, in February, he was in the Brecon Beacons providing training for a Terrain 1 – Permit Assessment.

All the people on the course were super keen to introduce their scouts to mountain walking. The day started with aims and objectives of the day and a review of the Permit Scheme and leader responsibilities.

Practical Navigation – Part 1

AC12091 provides a checklist for the core competencies for a Hill Walking Permit Assessment. To check understanding of these competencies we took a circular walk starting and finishing at the BBNP – Mountain Centre. The walk has a mix of terrain to hone or test the navigational skills which all took in their stride. As we ventured on the more adventurous terrain to the summit of Fan Frynych. At this point, things turned misty to make things a little more interesting. This resulted in a few learning points (importance of timing & accurate relocation strategies). The sun reappeared as we left the summit and we were able to chat about leading groups and emergency procedures.

Back at the Mountain Centre we reviewed the walk over tea and cakes.

Practical Navigation – Part 2

This a night navigation walk on the slopes of Fan Fawr, in heavy rain and mist. A real test of navigational skill. The participants, hit all the objectives and they brought me safely back to the Story Arms. Just a little damper than when I started the walk!

The Next Steps

All the participants left with an action plan as they prepare for their assessment in April.

CHMAS is happy to assist Scouters in obtaining a hill walking permit. For more information then please get in touch – chris@chmas.co.uk.

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