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The industry entry certification for adventure-guides and site supervisors. The Abseil Supervisor Award is the industry entry for guided adventure-at-height certification. Contact us for course dates.

The Abseil Supervisor Award is aimed at people who supervise individuals or groups in abseiling, wether that is for a commercial abseil or if the adventure lodge (the employer) has abseils as an activity for guests and you are the guide. .The A.S.A is the instruction basis for NQF Abseil Guide Unit Standard TG 20 & 21. The Abseil Supervisor Award provides training and assessment for those who are in a position of responsibility while supervising abseiling.

Entry requirements: Candidates must be at least 18 years old
Training: 4 days
Assessment: 1 day.

If the pupil can show extensive prior experience and competence during the course, the instructor may proceed directly into a RPL assessment.

The award covers:

  • Equipment usage and care
  • Personal and group safety around cliff edges
  • Belay techniques
  • Artificial (bolted) anchor points and bollards, trees and spikes
  • Group management
  • Non-releasable abseils
  • Releasable abseils
  • Retrievable abseils
  • Ascending the rope
  • Hauling systems and Pick-offs
  • Passing knots
  • Rope types and uses, and equipment care
  • Considerations and equipment for longer and more complex abseils
  • Emergency Procedures
  • MDT and NQF training and qualification structure and skills Scope and remit of the qualification

The award does not cover:
The skills needed to approach and retreat from mountain crags Access to any location where escape is not easily possible from the top and the bottom of the abseil site Multiple abseils, or abseils that involve intermediate stances If you are entering the guiding world as a career, be sure to read How To Become A Certified Guide.

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