Working Afon Ddu & Gorges
MTA CPD workshop – worth 1 CPD point
Gorge Walking is an adventurous activity that falls under CRAWA and is often part of activity programmes delivered by a variety of organisations.
SPA and ML holders are often used to deliver these sessions, with some staff holding additional paddlesport qualifications. However, as gorge walking does not have a formal NGB structure / qualification then training, guidance, hands on experience and CPD in this area can be difficult to obtain for many SPA and ML holders.
MLTA have addressed this by providing a workshop focused on gorge walking and specifically the Afon Ddu gorge.
The workshop will be practical based and focus on moving up through a gorge. Whilst in the gorge, the issues of spotting, peer spotting, group management, handlines, top ropes, jumping, sliding, hazard awareness and drowning will be addressed.
The workshop will also address, guidance notes, risk assessments and AALA requirements.
This is an ideal opportunity to gain more experience or get to grip with these skills for a first time and share knowledge of working in Afon Ddu
Cost £45.00 per person
You need to be an MTA member to attend = 1 CPD point
Dates : 9th October 2021
CMS– This course is also advertised on the Mountain Training CMS site
Duration 1 day – 9.00 am- 6.00pm
Max ratio 1:6
I have been delivering Gorge walking for over 25 years and have worked in Afon Ddu for a similar time. In addition to this, through my various roles within the industry, I have written guidance, risk assessments and good practice documents for this activity.
I regularly train and assess staff for competency with Afon Ddu and other gorges. I also regular deliver sessions in the gorge to all age groups.
I was part of the small group who form what is now known as “Sustainable use of Snowdonia” (SUS). Their first project being focused on the sustainable use of one of the most popular gorges in North Wales. The groups approach resulted in a new way of working alongside stakeholders concerned with venue overuse.
I recently ( Summer 2020 ) assisted in the update to the code of conduct for Gorge Walking and Canyoning in North Wales and Outdoor Alliance C19 covid secure document for the Welsh Assembly.