BOS / Mountaineering Ireland
The Single Pitch Award (SPA) scheme provides training and assessment in the skills required to lead and supervise groups during single pitch rock climbing activities. The scope of the award covers personal climbing, safe group management, crag etiquette, environmental responsibilities and more. Candidates will learn how to become an effective supervisor, encouraging others to enjoy climbing safely, whilst also improving their own climbing skills.
A single pitch route is defined as one which is climbed without intermediate stances, is described as single pitch in guidebooks, allows climbers to be lowered to the ground at all times, in non-tidal, non-serious and has little objective danger, presenting no difficulties on approach or retreat.
Is it for you?
Before registration, candidates must be able to answer yes to the following questions:
· Are you at least 18 years old?
· Are you an individual or club member of Mountaineering Ireland?
· Do you have a minimum of one year’s rock climbing experience?
· Have you lead at least 15 graded routes where the protection is leader placed?
What we Cover?
SPA training courses are held over a minimum of two days (20 hours) and comprise a mixture of indoor lectures/discussions and outdoor practical sessions. Topics covered on the SPA training syllabus will include: technical competence (such as equipment, anchors, belaying, abseiling, and personal climbing skills), party leadership, group management and supervision, emergency procedures, etiquette, access and conservation.
To view the entire BOS / Mountaineering Ireland SPA syllabus, click here:
The course will generally be operating in Dalkey Quarry.
Duration: 2 Days
Cost: €190 per person.
Location: Dalkey Quarry
Pre-Requisites: As per syllabus above
Ratio: 1-4 instructor ratio