Taking groups of any age into mines and caves within the UK is a fast gowing aspect of the outdoor industry wether its for education, fun or adventure.
In many areas of the UK, it is now a main stream activity that outdoor instructors gain freelance work and being a qualified cave or mine leader can prove a useful addition.
This workshop will allow you to fully appreciate why such venues provide such a unique expereince, what customers are being offered, what being a cave or mine leader is all about and how you go about gaining a NGB leadership award allowing you to work underground.
We will visit a classic venue used for groups and on this occasion the veue will be a Welsh slate mine. We will not visit a cave but the scheme for cave and mine is the same apart from venue specific.
The Britsh Caving Association ( BCA ) are the NGB that oversee the Local Cave and Mine Leader Award within the UK. Thier award structure can prove tricky to fully understand upon forst aquation by the end of this workshop this will all be clear.
The BCA Local Cave and Mine leader Award- What is it all about
Types of venues one can work in cave and mines
Harzards and awareness
Group managment, equipment, and techniques.
Techncil rope work, skills and equipment.
The scope of various modules
Slate mining history
You need no prior expereince of actually goining underground.
Mark has been exploring caves and mines all over the UK for over 30 years and has a real passion for enabling others to fully apprecaite why this underground world is so special. He has taken countless groups underground both caves and mines for eduucation, adventure, skills learning and qualifications.
He is a trainer and assessor for the BCA scheme for North Wales mines and is a member of the North Wales mine leader panel. He holds a range of cave and mine leader qualifications including the highest award available The Cave Instructor Certificate ( CIC ).
He represents the Council Northern Caving Clubs on the BCA Equipment and Techincal group and is a member of the BCA Youth and Development group.