Who is this workshop aimed at?
Aimed at the amateur explorer who wishes to receive some training in the fundamentals of personal safety in the mine environment. Not a qualification but safety advice from a professional mine instructor.
Length: 1 day
Location: Snowdonia / Peak District
Dates: See bottom of page
A 1-day informal workshop aimed at passing over essential safety advice to new explorers or those who have never received any formal training from a club or instructor. Part of this workshop will be theoretical, and part will be practical and underground. The underground trip may be into a slate, metal or stone mine.
The workshop will evolve during the day to reflect the needs of the participants, but you should expect to cover most of the following topics:
Pre trip checks
Leaving a call out
Contacting the rescue services
Knowledge of the site
Weather conditions and its effect on the cave/mine
Access and the law
Holes and shafts
Collapse on to you
Collapse under you
Heavy duty caving belts vs harnesses
Fixed rope traverses
Safe belay method for teams of explorers
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It is not expected that every single subject above can be covered in huge detail due to the time restriction of a single day course. You will be directed to further training or resources where required. At the least, you should finish this day with a healthy respect for the mine environment and its hazards and history.
You will need your own transport, food and drink.You should provide your own underground equipment, but certain items can be borrowed for the day at no cost. Please contact me in advance if you need to borrow any items of kit.