Technical Skills Intensive (Online Version)

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This is our intermediate workshop for those who have an introductory technical knowledge, either from taking our Adventure Programming workshop, or equivalent experience. During this online workshop, expect to bring your introductory technical skills to the next level. It is ideal for experienced facilitators and those looking to expand their knowledge of technical systems and prepare for taking the Practitioner Certification Level 1 exam.

Participants will:

  • Build on existing skills in knot-tying, belaying, and belay team management, spotting, and general facilitation of low and high challenge course elements.
  • Gain a working knowledge of the applications, storage, cleaning, and retirement for a variety of equipment including harnesses, helmets, carabiners and other connectors, belay devices, ropes, self-belay lanyards, and belay set-ups (pulleys, SRDs).
  • Learn and practice self-belayed climbing and other methods of course access as well as descending techniques.
  • Learn more advanced challenge course set-up and take-down procedures, including gear retrieval and demonstrate the ability to establish a belay system utilizing pulleys, shear reduction devices, and appropriate connectors and anchorages.
  • Learn Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for a variety of high and low challenge course elements including more advanced high element SOPs for Zip Wire, Pamper Pole/Plank, and Flying Squirrel and low element SOPs for swinging and cabled elements, the 12’ Initiative Wall, and the Trust Fall.
  • Review industry norms and standards (e.g., MA DPS & other state regulations, ACCT standards) and gain an understanding of basic risk management concerns relative to challenge course operations.

Methodology:

  • This course will use a combination of reading (course texts will be available digitally), prerecorded video, live synchronous video sessions, asynchronous practice, and live demonstrations, to teach and reinforce intermediate-level technical skills. Virtual “office hours” will also be available for 1:1 instruction, practice, and support.
  • Participants will learn course management procedures using the methods indicated above, and will practice these skills on their local challenge course – or, if they are local to Project Adventure, participants may organize a time to use our facilities with proper social distancing and sanitizing measures in place. (These measures are designed by the Association for Challenge Course Technology and Project Adventure’s Safety Committee.)

Workshop Information:

  • Dates to be announced
  • Cost = $540
  • Graduate credit: 2 or 4
  • CEUs: 2.4
  • Please register more than two weeks in advance to ensure the workshop will have enough participants to run as scheduled.
  • Workshop registration cancellation policies: Cancellations less than two weeks prior to a workshop start date will result in a 50% refund of tuition cost. No shows without cancellation notice will forfeit all tuition cost paid.

How to Register:

  • Phone:  (800) 468-8898 or (978) 524-4555
  • Email:  registration@pa.org
  • Fax:  Download a workshop registration form and fax to 978-524-4501. NOTE: You must have Acrobat Reader to access this file. If you do not, you can download it for free from Adobe’s website.
  • Register two weeks prior to the workshop start date. Are you waiting for approval to attend or can’t commit with a payment at this time? No worries, we still want to hear from you! Call or email us and we can put you on the waiting list.