For those who are interested to venture further and higher, you might want to consider signing up for the Abseiling Proficiency Course Level 1 (or Singapore National Abseiling Standards Level 1).
(I’m taking the liberty to share about this course as I will be conducting my own Abseiling Proficiency Course Level 1 on 16 and 17 Dec 2017.
The Abseiling Proficiency Course Level 1 is an introductory course for those who want try out descending down a rope and, in doing so, increase your height confidence. Climbing a wall does bring you higher but abseiling starts you off at a height.
In this course, you will learn how to:
1. Wear the required personal protective equipment (harness, helmet, carabiners)
2. Handle the abseiling equipment (carabiner, descender)
3. Descend down a rope (on belay)
4. Perform a self-rescue (lock off and fireman’s wrap)
5. Perform a fireman belay
This course will not as physically taxing as a climbing course, but you will need to focus more on the ‘rope techniques’. My experience with all range of participants is that most face difficulty to perform the self-rescue maneuver – they might be challenged trying to lock-off the descender or get confused with the seemingly many ropes in front of them.
This is a 7-hour course with a 1:10 trainer-to-participant ratio. I’ve conducted this course for both a 13 and a 70-year old participant and so far no one had any problems completing the course.
(Honestly, it is an achievable course.)
For more details on the course, you can check out www.smf.org.sg
I’ve also recorded some training videos and parked them under my Youtube Channel: youtube.com/AhmadBahktiarOthman
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