Rigging – Practitioner

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Course Outline

Experience required: This course is aimed at team members who have received crag technical training from their team and wish to improve and consolidate best practice in modern rigging systems, which include; single rope and mirrored rope rigs, and a variety of anchor systems including ground anchors/stakes. An emphasis is placed on knowledge of equipment strength and the skill of engineering rigging systems to maximise strengths for single and multiple rescue loads. The course will also cover a variety of belay equipment and the principles of self-arrest and non-self-arrest rope capture systems

The course will re-fresh, up-date and improve participants practical technical rigging knowledge and skills in the field.

The course is delivered using multi-media tools, group discussion and direct training by the course trainers.

Opportunities are programmed for participants to share their home team experience and rigging practices.
By the end of the weekend programme you will be able to:
1. Rig and operate a technical rescue system
2. Rig and understand the rigging principles for a lower, rig for a raise and convert both systems using single, twin and double rope systems.
3. Be aware of the advantages and disadvantages of a broad range of rigging systems used in technical rigging for rescue.

A typical programme for the course is below, this may change at Course Director’s discretion.

This course is not suitable for team members stepping into a harness or on to a crag for the first time.

Pre-Course Requirements

In order to ensure the smooth running of the course all candidates are asked to ensure they observe the following conditions:

  • Accommodation on a B&B basis is provided  for all course  participants with dinner provided on Saturday night.
  • Participants should provide their own lunch for the duration of the course.
  • All participants are requested to ensure they have transport arranged as the course programme will necessitate travel to and from training venues. Where possible we ask course participants to bring a team 4×4 vehicle.
  • For insurance purposes participants are required to sign on with their team prior to course attendance.
  • Sufficient personal equipment is required to enable candidates to operate within a mountainous and crag environment and in all weather conditions for the duration of the course.

For your comfort and safety please ensure you have appropriate personal safety equipment for this course.

In particular, participants  must bring :  Midge net, midge spray, Harness, helmet , team radio + spare battery, personal MR and crag rescue kit.

  • Participants are encouraged to bring technical rescue equipment as used by their own team.  In addition we would encourage participants to bring along copies of any team rigging guidelines so that we can start to share this type of information.
  • Please note; participants need to be prepared to work on steep terrain and cliff/crag environments.

Example Program

Fri – Evening Programme

Time

Topic

Learning Outcomes

Trainers

1900

Course Welcome & Administration

 

Course welcome

Course participant & staff introductions

1915

 

 Technical Rigging

What’s it all about?

 

 

 

Course Director

2000

 

 Technical rigging systems overview

An overview of the current systems in use in Scotland

 

 

 

Training Staff

2045

 

Brief : Saturday Training Programme

 

 

 

All training staff

2115

 

Social

 

All

Sat – Practical Session

Time

Topic

Learning Outcomes

Trainers

0830

Course Assembles

 Discuss  kit and PPE requirements

 

 

All

0900

 

Practical Skills Stations:

a)       Creating a powerpoint – BFK, Rigging Plate

b)       Belay, Friction, Lowering and Fall arrest devices

c)       Rescue knots

 

 

 

All

1115

Break

 

All

1130

 

Practical Skills Stations:

a)      Stretcher & attendant tie ins

 

 

 

All

 

1300

Lunch & afternoon brief

 

All

1400

 

Practical Skills Stations:

a)       Anchor construction

b)       Single rope, lower and raise (3:1)

c)       Double rope, lower and raise (3:1)

 

 

All

 

1730

 

Return to base

 

 

All

Sat – Evening Session

Time

Topic

Learning Outcomes

Trainers

1930

Practical – Mechanical Advantage

Looking specifically at the practical issues of raising loads

 

 

Training Staff

 

2030

 

Recap of Days Training

Brief : Sunday Training Programme

 

All

 

2100

 

Social

 

All

Sun – Theory / Practical Session

Time

Topic

Learning Outcomes

Trainers

 

 

 

 

0800

Course Assembles

 

All

0815

Practical session:

a)       Deviations/load redirection

 

 

0900

Travel to venue

 

All

a) 0930 to 1330

 

b) 1330 to 1530

Practical rigging scenarios:

Lower and Raise –

a)       Vertical Stretcher

b)       Horizontal Stretcher

 

Scenarios will operate with different rope systems and lowering devices

 

All

1530

De-rig

 

all

1600

Return to base & Debrief

 

all

1700

Course finish

 

all

 

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Scottish Mountain Rescue, formerly known as The Mountain Rescue Committee of Scotland, is a registered Scottish Charity – number SC045003