Practical Water-Based Modules I & II

During Year 1, this module will focus on the acquisition of basic practical skills associated with canoeing and kayaking in inland and coastal environments. Practical activity will be supported by short classroom sessions aimed at developing awareness and understanding associated with safe participation in canoeing and kayaking.

Basic skill development will focus on the competencies required to operate safely as a group member in inland and coastal environments. Participation in this module will require a commitment of time and effort by all participants in an outdoor, potentially hazardous environment.

During Year 2, you’ll focus on the further development of practical skills associated with canoeing, kayaking, paddleboarding, coasteering and wild swimming, in inland and coastal environments.

Practical activity will be supported by classroom sessions aimed at developing awareness and understanding associated with safe and effective coaching or leadership in canoeing and kayaking. Skill development will focus on the competencies required to either lead, second or coach groups in inland and coastal environments. Participation in this module will require a commitment of time and effort by all participants in an outdoor, potentially hazardous environment.

Practical Land-Based Modules I & II

During Year 1, the skills taught or practiced will be:

  • Navigation including formative assessment opportunities via unaccompanied walks. Night navigation.
  • Hillwalking within a mixed ability group (group skills)
  • Camping skills, choosing and carrying equipment. Cooking.
  • Indoor climbing skills including movement, bouldering, bottom roping, lead climbing, belaying, abseiling, climbing calls, climbing partner safety checks.
  • Risk assessing
  • Transferring skills from one environment to another.
  • Understanding the weather and how a forecast can be used to enable better use of the environment.
  • Mountain rescue and emergency procedures.
  • Route planning.
  • Self-reflection and goal setting.

During Year 2, you will:

  • Acquire the skills and knowledge associated with the use of the rope during a variety of land-based adventure activities.
  • Understand how the quality of preparation and reflective follow-up affects the safety and learning outcomes of group-based adventure activities.
  • Develop the ability to contribute positively to a group and to make safe, sustainable decisions in relation to the varied outdoor environments in which they are operating.

In addition, the specific activity skills and knowledge taught will include:

  • Environment specific hazards
  • Activity specific equipment
  • Anchor selection
  • Combining Anchors
  • Lowering
  • Belaying
  • Abseiling
  • Leading
  • Route Choice
  • Rescue
  • Multi-pitch climbing
  • Roped scrambling

There is an ability in this module to tailor learning to individual specific needs with regards to use of the rope. Requests welcomed.