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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CHMAS – First Aid Course

The ones having the most fun are the ones learning the most

Here at CHMAS we provide Rescue & Emergency Care (REC) first Aid Courses and judging by the feedback our customers really like our courses. This course has the REC Emergency First Aid for the Outdoors as the core course but with the addition of a few modules will certify you for:

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

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.

 

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Instrucuting For Arthog Outreach

We found lots of these

The final week before the October half term saw me leading Orienteering and Caving sessions for Arthog Outreach.

Orienteering
Two sessions teaching orienteering skills to a Year 4 group who fully engaged with the activity. As a result, they quickly learnt the fundamental skills which in turn allowed them to find the markers. The young people really enjoyed the activity and working independently. A job well done in my opinion.

Caving at Ogof Llanymynech
The last caving session in October and the young people were excited to be going on an underground adventure. We wiggled and squirmed our way through various passages telling stories along the way. The firm favourite was the tale of ‘Blind Ned,.

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Instructing For Arthog Outreach

Caving action

A lovely week at Arthog Outreach instructing on the  Low Ropes Course as part of an OAA Programme and a caving trip to Ogof Llanymymech

OAA Programme
Four schools were present to develop teamwork, leadership and communication skills. I had the pleasure of leading the low ropes challenges. A thoroughly enjoyable day, which required a lot differentiation in my approach. This created the right environment for everyone to challenge themselves and have fun.

Caving at Ogof Llanymynech
It’s always fun in the cave and with this Year 4 group we had lots of fun exploring the underground passages. We squirmed our way to Shaft Chamber, popped into Fiveways before heading back to the entrance.

 

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CHMAS – First Aid Training

Just a bit of fun – honest

Rescue Emergency Care (REC) has a full range of first aid courses. As a result, this means there is a first aid course for everyone. With the REC Life Saver Course being a popular choice for secondary school students.

This highly practical course, formed part of an alternative curriculum and went down a storm.  The students liked the practical nature of the sessions and learning how to save someone’s life! The smiles on their faces as they found out they passed was heart warming. A job very well done in our opinion.

If you would CHMAS to deliver this course for your students then please take a look at our First Aid Page to find out more.

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HML Observation With Bigfoot Services

HML Action

Chris was working alongside his good friend and mentor Alan Ward of Bigfoot Services observing a Hill and Moorland Leader Assessment in the Brecon Beacons. This would be the final course observation before attending the orientation day in November. Which means CHMAS can start running our own HML courses.

It was one of the wettest courses I’ve worked on with in spate rivers and very wet conditions underfoot. This required creative thinking and good venue choices to ensure an exceptional course was delivered. This meant the candidates had a positive experience and all passed their assessment.

If you need a  HML Training / Assessment course in the Brecon Beacons then I can certainly recommend one provided by Bigfoot Services.

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CHMAS – First Aid Training

Course in progress!

Our first aid provision here at CHMAS is growing each year with many returning clients asking us to train their staff / students / pupils. We like to think this is because of a combination of great instruction and the REC ethos of course delivery. REC offer a arrange of courses and this one was the REC Lifesaver Course which is a 4 hour course covering basic live support. This makes it extremely popular to delver to secondary school children.

The feedback from the course was exceptional, with all the students commenting on the practical nature of the course and how much fun they had learning how to save a life.

If you would like CHMAS to provide your first aid training then please take a look at our first aid pages to find out more

 

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Instructing For Arthog Outreach

Caving action

A quiet week at Arthog Outreach for a change due to other work commitments but this was more than made up for by an awesome caving session at Ogof Llanymynech with a Year 4 group. They were enthusiastic, loved exploring and finding out about the cave environment. They also made short work of the instructor challenge on leaving the cave.

If you would like CHMAS to provide this activity for you and your group then please take a look at out group caving page to find out more

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