This award trains and assesses candidates in the skills required to supervise climbers on single pitch crags and climbing walls.
Common activities undertaken by an SPA holder will be roped climbing and bouldering.
To do your SPA you should have a genuine interest in rock climbing and the supervision of groups on single pitch crags.
You should have at least twelve months rock climbing experience and be at least eighteen years of age.
You should also be an individual or club member of a mountaineering council.
The SPA does not include the skills and techniques required to teach lead climbing.
Please consider the advice given below. You should note that the figures given are absolute minimums and that most successful candidates have well in excess of the experience outlined:
- To be involved in the Single Pitch Award scheme you need to be a rock climber and have an interest in the supervision of novices in the activity. A minimum of 12 months rock climbing experience is required.
- Before attending a training course you must first register with one of the four Mountain Training Boards. This will provide you with a logbook and your personal details will be entered on the national database.
- You must have led at least 15 climbs outdoors on routes where the protection is leaderplaced.
Between training and assessment you must consolidate new ideas and techniques and gain additional climbing experience. Your trainer will advise you about the amount and nature of the personal climbing and supervising experience you should gain.
For more information go to www.mountain-training.org.uk or call us on 020 89800289