Instructing For Arthog Outreach

On the way to the summit

The New Year kicked off with Arthog Outreach in the form of a themed walk. The Year 6’s were looking at habitats and explorers, which in this case was Scott of the Antarctic. Over the course of the day we looked at navigation systems, maps and compass and the more modern GPS. This meant that the young people were able take charge of the route finding and we didn’t get lost once!

As we explored we found a cave and explored it using candles and a disused woodland shelter where we ate lunch. After that it was time to get to our scheduled kit drop off aka the minibus. A lovely day out with some fantastic young people.

If you would like CHMAS to provide this type of activity for your group then please do get in touch.

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CHMAS – Heartstart Instructor Training

Charlie looking after the resources

CHMAS is an accredited British Heart Foundation Heartstart Provider. We are pleased to announce that we have trained over 400 people in Basic Life Support. We do this by having an enthusiastic pool of instructors that run amazing courses. However, there popularity means that we have to increase our pool of instructors. As a result, we run a Heartstart Instructor course for the potential new trainers.

There were 6 people on the course who all successfully completed the process to become a Heartstart Instructor. They are now all looking forward to teaching the Heartstart Course.

What Do You Need to Do to Become a Heartstart Instructor

There are a number of routes depending on your experience. This group were all outdoor instructors who all hold a first aid qualification. Therefore, it was a relatively simple process for them to become trainers.

They needed to see or previously attended a Heartstart Course, which teaches you to:

  • Manage an unconscious casualty:
  • Administer CPR;
  • Deal with a casualty who is choking;
  • Treat someone with a serious bleed; and
  • Recognise if someone is having a heart attack or cardiac arrest.

For more information on the Heartstart Scheme please take a look at the British Heart Foundation website.

Once this is complete the participants were observed delivering each of the 5 elements, inline with the Heartstart syllabus. I thoroughly enjoyed this aspect of the course and came away with some new teaching method to try

How Do I Get Involved With The Heartstart – CHMAS Scheme

Please take a look at our Facebook Page in the first instance and then if that appeals then please do get in touch – chris@chmas.co.uk

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Canoeing For Arthog Outreach

Having fun on and off the water

My last session for Arthog Outreach was a canoeing for a group of Year 5’s. The day was full of unexpected challenges but despite these everyone enjoyed the canoeing. Due to the cold weather, I opted for rafted canoes. This meant that the canoes were soon whizzing around and everyone stayed warm. We played lots of games and there was lots for fun and laughter all around as we got off the water for lunch.

The hot chocolate warmed everyone up during lunch. With the team refuelled and warmed up the they were eager to get back on the water. After lots of exploring, games and other shenanigans the temperature dropped sharply. Unfortunately with cold hands becoming an increasing problem it was time to get off the water. Despite their cold hands, the young people loaded the canoes in record time and we set off the centre to warm up.

Once everyone had warmed up, we ventures outside for an impromptu bushcraft session. No buschcraft session is complete with a fire! We used ours has a focal point to sip hot chocolate and reflect on the day.

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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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