Apply advanced bushwalking skills in arid areas

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Elements and Performance Criteria



Elements describe the essential outcomes of a unit of competency.

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element. Where bold italicised text is used, further information is detailed in the required skills and knowledge section and the range statement. Assessment of performance is to be consistent with the evidence guide.

1. Plan a bushwalk.

1.1. Identify and plan food and water requirements for arid areas and conditions according to principles of nutrition and the duration of the walk.

1.2. Identify and plan for emergency food and water requirements, including the need for emergency waterprocurement.

1.3. Identify an appropriate location according to relevant legislation and organisational policies and procedures.

1.4. Access relevantsources to interpret detailed weather and environmental information to determine activities.

1.5. Obtain and review detailed maps for the intended walk.

1.6. Identify possible hazards and changing conditions associated with the activity.

1.7. Identify signs, symptoms, prevention and treatment of possible risks, such as hyperthermia and dehydration.

2. Select equipment.

2.1. Select equipment according to contextual issues and check to ensure that it is in good working condition.

2.2. Adjust and fit equipment to ensure comfort and safety according to organisational policies and procedures.

2.3. Ensure pack weight is appropriate to body weight and level of fitness.

2.4. Select personal clothing and footwear, and identify the design and or construction features that make it appropriate.

3. Apply advanced bushwalking skills

3.1. Approach obstacles and hazards in a safe manner and minimise risks to self and group where possible.

3.2. Apply ascendingtechniques and descending techniques on slopes.

3.3. Maintain an appropriate walking rhythm and pace according to conditions.

3.4. Select a campsite appropriate to the team members and conditions according to relevant legislation and organisational policies and procedures.

3.5. Pitch tents according to site and anticipated weather.

3.6. Repair and or improvise items of essential equipment in the case of breakage or loss.

3.7. Identify possible emergency food and water sources from animal tracks and bird flight patterns relevant to the bushwalking area.

4. Navigate in an arid environment.

4.1. Apply information contained on maps to plan a suitable route or course.

4.2. Obtain additional information to assist in navigation from the map.

4.3. Calculate grid and magnetic bearings using a map and compass.

4.4. Follow a route in arid areas and conditions, demonstrating use of navigation aids.

4.5. Apply and demonstrate techniques for estimating distance travelled.

4.6. Maintain a compass course while bypassing an obstacle.

5. Evaluate the bushwalk.

5.1. Evaluate relevant aspects of the walk.

5.2. Identify improvements for future walks.