Apply single pitch abseiling skills on natural surfaces

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Assessment Template
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Assessment Matrix
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Evidence Guide
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Competency Mapping Template
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Observation Checklist
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Self Assessment Survey
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Moodle Outcomes
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Registered Training Organisations
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Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Select and utilise appropriate equipment.

1.1. Use equipment in a safe and efficient manner.

1.2. Adjust and fit equipment to ensure personal comfort and safety.

1.3. Complete all necessary personal and equipment safety checks, prior to commencing abseiling and or belaying.

1.4. Attach descending device to the abseil rope being used.

1.5. Apply safety procedures at top and bottom of descent site to minimise risk.

2. Demonstrate abseiling technique.

2.1. Display correct posture and technique while abseiling, using single and double rope.

2.2. Maintain effective communicationsystems between abseiler and belayer throughout the descent.

2.3. Apply safe and correct abseiling techniques, to minimise injury in the event of a fall.

2.4. Negotiate simple obstacles and avoid or remove hazards to descend in a controlled manner.

2.5. Demonstrate techniques that minimise damage to the environment while abseiling.

3. Demonstrate belaying technique.

3.1. Establish belaying position by moving body in relation to belay device that allows effective use of belay system.

3.2. Demonstrate a safe and efficient escape from belay system, and attachment of belayer to an anchor to minimise movement during a fall.

3.3. Maintain rope tension to ensure fall distance is minimised whilst not restricting abseiler movement.

3.4. Monitor abseiler progress constantly and respond appropriately to abseiler calls.

3.5. Arrest falls promptly using technique suitable to the belaying device and situation.

3.6. Identify a situation where a self belay system or bottom brake system would be required.

3.7. Demonstrate use of a self belay or bottom brake system to maintain safety in the event of a fall.

4. Evaluate abseiling activity.

4.1. Evaluate relevant aspects of abseiling and belaying.

4.2. Identify improvements for future abseiling activities.