Bronze DofE Training

We’ve got this……….

One of the best ways to make sure your training is up to date is to freelance for other companies. Towards the middle of May, Chris was working for a company called First4 Adventure. His first job for them was to facilitate a DofE Training weekend in Leicester.

Day 1
This was a school based day looking at equipment, route planning, campcraft, first aid & emergency procedures and camp cooking. A very productive day that will serve the participants well for their practice expedition.

Day 2
This was a day walk in the Leicestershire Countryside, which was much better than I expected. The team were keen to learn about navigational strategies and they were soon making all the key route decisions. Some of the team were also proud to belong to the ‘wild wee’ club, which caused a few giggles. They ended the day on a high and were all looking forward to completing their practice and qualifying expeditions.

A lovely weekend working with a fab team and great company. To let CHMAS facilitate your DofE Expedition, then please take a look at DofE Pages to find out more.

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CHMAS – Outdoor First Aid Course

What’s Up With You – Observer notes – where are your gloves?

CHMAS is a Rescue Emergency Care (REC) First Aid Provider and May kicked off with Chris running an Outdoor First Aid Course for Arthog Outreach. It was a lively course with lots of fun and learning taking place in an outdoor environment.

To see a few photographs from the course please click here. The feedback from the course was exceptional as the excerpt below shows.

‘I feel more confident in CPR and that I could act in an emergency to save a persons life thanks to Chris’ relaxed approach and real live scenarios’

If you would like CHMAS to provide a fun and informative first aid course for your group or organisation then please take a look at our first aid pages to find out more

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Arthog Outreach – Easter Holiday Activity Club

What japes …………..

During the second week of the Easter Holiday, I was assisting with the Arthog Outreach – Activity Club. It was a challenging week but an eye opener to see the young people develop over the week.

There were bushcraft, climbing, canoeing, caving and hill walking activities on offer. There was a mix of old hands and first timers so planning the activities was challenging but judging from the feedback everyone had a good time.

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DofE Silver Expedition Practice

DofE Teams – meeting up for lunch on the slopes of Moel Sych

In April, Chris was Course Leading a DofE Silver Training Expedition for Rich Adventure in the Berwyns. The young people were super enthusiastic and took everything in their stride

Day 1
This has to be one of the wettest days I have worked for a very long while. Our route for the day took us from Llangynog to the Campsite at Pistyll Rhaeadr. Despite the wet weather, the group navigated, made camp and cooked their meal in record time. A top effort by everyone involved.

Day 2
With much drier and warmer weather a trip over the Berwyns was on the cards. The walk in was steep in places but the view on summitting Moel Sych and Cadair Berwyn were spectacular! We descended from the summit in good spirits and eventually arrived at the overnight camp at Hendwr.

Day 3
The sunshine continued for the final day as we made our way over Corwen via Cynwyd and the North Berwen Way. By this stage, the group were operating very independently and I was able to take a back seat and just ask the occasional question. Ice creams all round at Corwen to celebrate their success. Well it would be rude no to.

As an Approved Activity Provider (AAP) for DofE Expedition Section, CHMAS is able to facilitate your complete Expedition. If you prefer we can also provide supervisory or assessing staff to give you a little helping hand. To find out more please take a look at our DofE Pages.

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Scout Association – T1 Hill Walking Permit Assessment

I’ve got this…….

A few months back, I was working with three lads from Caerphilly District on a Terrain 1 Permit Training Course. We had a fantastic day but the during the night navigation, the weather turned foul and we needed to tight control on the navigation.

Well the three amigos were back in April ready to show what they could do. To facilitate the assessment, I brought in my friend Wyn to ensure everything was in order. We met at the Craig-y- Nos Country park and headed off to Carreg Goch via various features. We descended to the Wellington Bomber crash site before heading off to Sinc Giedd. From there it was simple walk out to provide individual debriefs and to discuss the scout association rules.

Crash site – always makes me very thoughtful

All three candidates left with a T1 permit recommendation so well done chaps. The three amigos were extremely happy and I was proud to see them put all their training into practice.

If you would like CHMAS to provide training and or assessment for your hill walking permit then please get in touch –

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Scout Association – Rock Climbing Permit Training

The toys for the course

Chris’ early involvement in the outdoors came from the Scout Association. To give something back he is a Scout Association Rock Climbing & Hill Walking Assessor.

In April, he was training and assessing two candidates for a rock climbing permit. for the Yr Hafod. Our venue for Day 1 was Pinnacle Crag, which is just a short walk away from Capel Curig. Here we looked at effective group management, top & bottom rope systems using natural and leader placed protection. We finished the day off with personal abseiling for the leader and group abseil set ups. We reviewed the day over tea and cake at Siabod Café.

To assess the candidates ability to rig ability to rig climbing & abseiling systems our second day was at Church Crag.. We also looked at their personal skills of climbing and belaying. Next it was dealing with the stuck abseiler and climber.

I’m pleased to say that both candidates left with a climbing permit recommendation and they are both keen to get their Scouts / Explorers out climbing. As a final challenge we had a little play on the Church Boulders. Their was much amusement as we squirmed our way through.

Challenge complete – top effort

If you need a climbing or hill walking assessment then please do get in touch and we’ll do what we can to help.

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Bronze DofE Assessing

Checking on the way forward

In April, Chris was assessing two bronze teams for Rich Adventure in the Peak District. It was a fab weekend working with two great teams. All teams successfully completed their expedition in good style and I wish them every success in completing their award.

As an Approved Activity Provider (AAP), CHMAS can facilitate your entire expedition programme or provide you with the necessary Supervisory or Assessing staff. Please take a look at our DofE Pages to find out more.

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Instructing For Arthog Outreach

Route finding in progress

A quiet week on the instructing front for Arthog Outreach with just one group out for a caving adventure. Ogof Llanymynech was the venue, which is great for beginners looking for an adventure. The group were keen to explore so we visited the full cave complex with more adventurous leading the way . We made our way through the ‘Nut Cracker’ passing through ‘Burial Chamber’ to the ‘Belfry’. The group were keen to do more so off to the ‘Five Ways Chamber’ we went with lots of squirming on the way out to avoid the puddle of truth.

Before leaving the cave, one of the group spotted the entrance to the Mandible Chamber so you guessed it we went off to explore that too. While there, we had a review of the day using one of the techniques learnt on the Reviewing Workshop. The results were spectacular, thought provoking and everyone engaged.

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CHMAS – Paediatric First Aid Training

Group work for medical conditions

CHMAS now has new awarding organisation for first aid courses. Some of our clients were looking for Ofqual Recognised first aid courses so we responded. QNUK is our new awarding body and we are looking forward to delivering their courses.

Our first course was a Paediatric First Aid (PFA) course for a local school. Its always fun delivering these courses and this was a cracker too. Lots of discussion, laughter and learning. Just to add to the occasion, QNUK decided that the course needed to have an External Quality Audit (EQA). Happy days indeed.

Well the feedback from the candidates was good and the EQA visit only contained three areas for improvement. Thankfully, none of these related to the course content of teaching so Chris was grinning like a Cheshire Cat when he came home.

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

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Professional Development – Reviewing in the Outdoors With Roger Greenaway

One of the reviewing techniques we used – a model of the person we need in the team

Toward the end of March as part of his professional developed, Chris attended an IOL workshop. It was called ‘Reviewing in the Outdoors’ facilitated by Roger Greenaway who is an acknowledged expert in this field.

It was a cracker of a workshop and some of the techniques learnt have already filtered through into our sessions. Reviewing is an active part of the CHMAS activity / training sessions and now they are even more effective! At least that’s what our candidates tell us.

If you need some skills to make your reviewing more effective, then book on to this workshop by Roger.

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