Outdoor Leader Training
The purpose of the Mountain Bike Instructors Award Scheme is to promote the safe enjoyment of mountain biking in an off-road environment.
The scheme provides training and assessment in the technical and group management skills required by those who wish to lead groups in a variety of off-road environments in the UK other than in winter conditions. It introduces training, experience and assessment in a variety of testing conditions in off-road country. The scheme is recognised throughout the UK and by AALA.
The National Navigation Award Scheme is a personal performance programme developing navigation skills in different terrains, enabling you to plan walks, cycle rides and other journeys to discover new places, get great views or simply reach your destination.
The Scheme is recognised by various national governing bodies and consists of 3 levels
The Bronze award
On completion of the award participants will be able to plan and safely follow walks in the countryside, primarily on paths and tracks.
The Silver Award
Typical! Our first BCU Leader training course this winter coincided with the weekend when the South West was covered with a deluge of rain. Ten hardy souls gathered at Delaware Outdoor Education Centre in late November to complete their leader training in open canoes, 1 day on open water and 1 day on moving water. Delegates had come from as far afield as South Wales, London and Hertfordshire to throw themselves (literally) into 2 days of training in paddling and leadership skills.
I recently attended the Ten Tors team managers’ briefing at Okehampton Army Camp. For those not in the know the Ten Tors event is an annual challenge for young expedition teams who attempt to complete routes from north to south on Dartmoor. The official website can be found at: Ten Tors.
I recently spent a very enjoyable and productive couple of days on Dartmoor running a moorland leader training course. There were a number of teachers and D of E leaders in attendance and we were walking in the Crazy Well Pool area. The training is run under the auspices of the South West Mountain and Moorland Leader Training Scheme, now established for nearly 30 years.
As customary, Cornwall Outdoors will once again hold the Moorland Leaders Forum. Scheduled on November 15, 2012 at its Porthpean Outdoor Education Centre in St. Austell, this annual forum takes a different format to cater to its attendees. This two-hour meeting will give leaders a chance, not only to make the usual safety update, but also participate in two 45-minute workshops, aimed to enhance their skills even more.