Courses/Dates

Our next five courses are listed below. For details of further courses and dates, please visit our Facebook page.

 

Saturday, December 16th, 2017 at 10:00am
Parkwood Outdoors Dolygaer
Mertyr Tydfil, CF48 2UR
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The NNAS has launched the NNAS Tutor Award, a course for those who teach navigation. It is a recognition that just because one can personally navigate it doesn’t follow that one can teach it!

Who are the courses for?

Over the next three years (from November 2016) all current award providers and their staff will have to attend this CPD-accredited course in order to continue to offer bronze-level NNAS courses.
Successful completion of the NNAS Tutor Award will also enable those without a higher hill or mountain walking qualification but with experience and interest in the outdoors to help teach on a Bronze award under the guidance of a registered NNAS Bronze provider.

The course is a mixture of indoor and outdoor practical sessions and offers the opportunity for candidates to discuss their own methodology as well as learning new techniques from others.
Sunday, December 17th, 2017 at 10:00am
Parkwood Outdoors Dolygaer
Mertyr Tydfil, CF48 2UR
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HIGH ALTITUDE FIRST AID

A 4 hour course. The High Altitude First Aid course is designed to complement the REC L2 Emergency Outdoor First Aid course for those travelling to higher altitudes. Topic learning and practical demonstration with the Portable Altitude Chamber (PAC) are included in this course.

First aid training with the REC scheme is easy and fun. The course is progressive by building on each session and includes:


What is High Altitude Sickness
Forms of High Altitude Sickness
High Altitude:
Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)
Pulmonary Edema (HAPE)
Cerebral Edema (HACE)
Diamox & Dexamethasone Use and Dosage
Altitude Oxygen
Hyperbaric Chamber (PAC or Gamow Bag)
Other medical conditions

The Candidates will gain knowledge and experience of the first steps in first aid which might be required at higher altitudes.

On completion of the course syllabus there will be time available for 1:1 consultations for those wishing to discuss further aspects of high altitude travel.

The REC Qualification


The High Altitude first aid course is certified for three years.
Thursday, March 1st, 2018 at 1:30pm
Brecon Beacons
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March 1st – 4th, 2018: Hill & Moorland Leader Training in the Brecon Beacons National Park delivered by Alan Ward (International Mountain Leader) who can also provide appropriate REC L2 Emergency Outdoor First Aid for Hill & Moorland Leader candidates.

Get away from the paths and enjoy our wild places as a Hill and Moorland Leader. This qualification is ideal for walkers who want to learn the skills required for effective group leadership in the hill and moorland areas of the UK and Ireland. It is used extensively by those involved with delivering the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award as well as many walk leaders and outdoor instructors. Hill and Moorland Leaders operate in terrain that is generally more remote than that used by Lowland Leaders and not as steep or rocky as ground covered by Mountain Leaders.

In a previous life this qualification was called Walking Group Leader (WGL) – in 2014 we renamed it and made some minor changes. The ‘overnight experience’ element of the WGL was removed and we created a separate Expedition Skills Module which can be ‘bolted on’ to the Hill and Moorland Leader if you want to increase the scope of your qualification to include overnight expeditions.

Further details or to make a booking, please visit www.bigfootservices.co.uk and please note this course will be delivered over three and a half days instead of the usual three days in order that three full hill days will be included in the course.

Find out more about being a Hill and Moorland Leader

The prerequisites for registration are as follows:

You must be at least 18 years old
You should have at least a year’s worth of experience of hill walking
You should have an interest in leading groups in the hills
You must be a member of a mountaineering council: BMC, Mountaineering Scotland or Mountaineering Ireland (you can join one when you register if you’re not already a member) – find out why
If you can tick all of the above boxes, here’s what to do next:

Create an account on our Candidate Management System or log in if you already have one.
Register for the Hill and Moorland Leader scheme (this costs £44)
Thursday, March 22nd, 2018 at 2:00pm
Brecon Beacons
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HILL AND MOORLAND LEADER

Get away from the paths and enjoy our wild places as a Hill and Moorland Leader. This qualification is ideal for walkers who want to learn the skills required for effective group leadership in the hill and moorland areas of the UK and Ireland. It is used extensively by those involved with delivering the Duke of Edinburgh's Award as well as many walk leaders and outdoor instructors. Hill and Moorland Leaders operate in terrain that is generally more remote than that used by Lowland Leaders and not as steep or rocky as ground covered by Mountain Leaders.

In a previous life this qualification was called Walking Group Leader (WGL) - in 2014 we renamed it and made some minor changes. The 'overnight experience' element of the WGL was removed and we created a separate Expedition Skills Module which can be 'bolted on' to the Hill and Moorland Leader if you want to increase the scope of your qualification to include overnight expeditions.
Monday, April 16th, 2018 at 2:00pm
Llanberis
Llanberis,
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MOUNTAIN SKILLS - SNOWDONIA

Walking in the hills can be a daunting prospect if you have never done it before. To stay safe and enjoy your time on the hill you need some basic skills and expertise to guide you on your way. The Hill & Mountain Skills courses are designed to teach you just that. They aim to equip you with the basic knowledge and safety skills required to participate in hill and mountain walking in your own time.

People hill walk for many reasons, but a significant motivating factor is the sense of freedom that you gain from exploring the great outdoors. Discovering new places and challenging yourself adds to the whole experience and within the UK and Ireland there are vast areas to explore and enjoy.

The Hill & Mountain Skills courses are nationally accredited and developed by Mountain Training.