Apply single pitch abseiling skills in caves

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Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Plan for the activity.

1.1. Identify and plan food and water requirements according to the duration of the activity.

1.2. Identify and select an appropriate activity site according to contextual issues, relevant legislation and organisational policies and procedures.

1.3. Access relevant sources to interpret detailed weather information that may impact on the activity plan.

1.4. Select personal clothing and identify design and or construction features appropriate for the activity.

1.5. Identify associated hazards and procedures to minimise risks to abseiler and belayer.

1.6. Establish a suitable communication system to use while abseiling and belaying.

2. Select, fit and use abseiling equipment.

2.1. Select and fit personal equipment according to organisational policies and procedures and manufacturer's recommendations.

2.2. Select and attach descending device to the rope according to the situation.

2.3. Tie knots suitable to the belay system that is being used.

2.4. Perform safety checks

3. Demonstrate abseiling technique.

3.1. Apply correct posture and technique while abseiling, using single and double rope.

3.2. Maintain communication with belayer throughout the descent.

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

3.4. Implement safety procedures at top and bottom of descent site.

3.5. Apply techniques that minimise damage to the environment while abseiling.

4. Demonstrate belaying technique.

4.1. Determine the belay device and technique for the situation and perform all safety checks according to organisational policies and procedures.

4.2. Follow procedures to ensure belayer safety in the event of an abseiler fall or rock fall.

4.3. Confirm attachment of belayer to anchor to minimise movement during a fall.

4.4. Demonstrate a safe and efficient escape from belay system, in a rescue situation, while ensuring abseiler safety.

4.5. Maintain rope tension to ensure free flow and minimise fall distance while not restricting abseiler movement.

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

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

4.8. Demonstrate attachment to alternate belay or safety system when self-belaying to maintain safety in the event of a fall.

5. Apply caving techniques

5.1. Arrange personal laddering equipment safely, using knots suitable to the belay system

5.2. Demonstrate posture and technique for descending and ascending ladder

5.3. Negotiate cave hazards and obstacles according to caving techniques that minimise environmental damage

5.4. Apply appropriate methods for resting on a ladder pitch

5.5. Use communication and strategies to implement safety systems.

6. Evaluate activity.

6.1. Evaluate relevant aspects of the abseiling activity.

6.2. Identify improvements for future abseiling experiences in a cave.