Single-pitch Supervisor Course
Covers all the skills required to bring the abseil supervisor or guide into the climbing arena. Learn to supervise top-rope and lead climbing while teaching the correct techniques. This is an important course for those wanting to progress to the higher levels of mountain guiding.
Who should do this course?
This professional development training course is aimed at the person who is serious about qualifying for a career as a mountaineering adventure guide or anyone who runs rock climbing adventures as part of their work or for recreation such as school teachers, camp councillors and social workers. The course is for persons who are already competent traditional climbers and now wanting to start a guiding career.
This is the ideal course for those wanting to supervise group climbing activities in the single-pitch environment at both traditional and bolt-protected (sport) venues. The course follows the MDT Single-Pitch Supervisor syllabus and is ideal preparation for later assessment at that level or towards a National Qualification in Mountaineering Guiding. After the course you will automatically be registered with the MDT as a learner.
Topics covered include:
Equipment; knots; group management; anchoring principles & set-ups; client care and communication; guide books & route finding; dealing with emergencies; leading on sport and traditional routes.
The course is open to any reasonably healthy and physically capable person over the age of 18. Courses for younger participants can be arranged on request although MDT registrations will be limited to students over 18 years. Previous sport & traditional climbing experience is required OR the completion of the Traditional Climbing Leader’s Course. Participants should have completed the Abseil Guide Course.
Course duration & times:
- 2 days
- Usually run as two consecutive days
- Usually from 09:00 until 17:00 daily
Group size & ratios:
- Minimum of three students required for course to run
- Maximum of 6 students per course
- Maximum of 1 Instructor : 6 Students
Venture Forth can provide all group equipment for this course but students are encouraged to have their own personal gear such as harness, rock shoes, helmet, belay device and locking karabiner.
Recommended follow-up programs:
- MDT Rock Climbing Leader’s Course
- MDT Rock Climbing Instructor’s Course