ROCK CLIMBING INSTRUCTOR

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BITS AND BOBS YOU MIGHT FIND USEFUL

This is a page full of helpful information to support you to gain your Rock Climbing Instructor Award. Do pop back regularly as we add new information and interesting links we find. 

ANCHORS

 

When building an anchor always try to belay where you can see your 2nd. When building anchors, "big is best", unless it's a huge non-moving block, then a minimum of 2 pieces of gear must be used to construct an anchor.

 

Use the principle of  IDEAS to build an anchor:

 

INDEPENDENT

if one fails, it won't shock load the other parts of the system.

DIRECTION

of the climber

EQUALIZED

tension on all strands of the sling or rope

ANGLE

ideally 60' but max 90'

SOLID

solid gear, solid rock and screwgates

Check and double check before you commit anyone to a system.

GEAR

PLACEMENTS

Nuts, Cams, Torques, Offsets, Stakes?

Some thoughts on what to use and where!

GROUP BELAY SYSTEMS

When creating a group system, always try to bring the rigging rope to 2 strands using the overhand knot or sling to do this (left), which are then easier to tension for a top rope, bottom rope or group abseil. Also, the “bunny ears” knot can then be used effectively in a top rope (right) and group abseil (far right). Keep every system simple.

 

Ensure you protect yourself appropriately when working near an edge.

Ensure you consider how to inform/teach people how to abseil/belay etc efficiently.

 

Use a simple principle like IDEAS

Introduce

Demonstrate

Explain

Activity

Summarise

 

Think about how you do it and then create a simple set of instructions for a beginner to follow .

GROUP BELAY SYSTEMS

When creating a group system, always try to bring the rigging rope to 2 strands using the overhand knot or sling to do this (left), which are then easier to tension for a top rope, bottom rope or group abseil. Also, the “bunny ears” knot can then be used effectively in a top rope (right) and group abseil (far right). Keep every system simple.

 

Ensure you protect yourself appropriately when working near an edge.

PPM SHORT CLIPS

Paul takes you through how to tie two useful knots with one hand. 

EXPERIENCE

The more people you can observe/work with, the more "tools" you will have for working with a wide range of people. Again, when you go climbing (indoors or outdoors) think about how you're moving and why and how can you impart that skill. 

Try to manage sessions in a fun and engaging manner.

 

Remember, as a Rock Climbing Instructor, it’s not just about bottom roping and abseiling.

REAL

ADVICE

We asked three new SPA (RCI) holders what advice they would give to those getting ready for their assessment and here’s what they had to share...