Training and Assessment for the SPA

mtlogoThe Single Pitch Award is all about supervising safe climbing and abseiling sessions on single pitch crags. Whether you’re a parent, a volunteer or an outdoor centre instructor, the Single Pitch Award has been designed to maintain high standards of supervision so that people can enjoy safe sessions in this increasingly popular sport.


Adventure Activity Instructor Training

The SPA training will be based in South Devon. The next SPA training is scheduled for 18th and 19th February 2017 and the next SPA assessment occurring between the 8th and 9th of April. Further assessment days will be added throughout the year if candidates have not met the prerequisites for the April assessment. The SPA training costs £120 per person, the Assessment and Award on its own costs £120 per person. We are able to provide accommodation on site for both the SPA Training and Assessment, please ask for further information. Further dates will be added throughout the year, for more information look at our training schedule.

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A training course looks like this;

Day 1

am – Meet at Dewerstone Car park Dartmoor 10am. Intro to the scheme. DLog discussion. Access. Environment. Participant equipment. Types of Equipment

am – at Dewerstone. Set ups, personal and group, looking at speed, rope efficiency, safe, equalised. Pro’s and Con’s of Top and Bottom ropes. Group work including management, safety, belaying and equipment

pm – at Dewerstone. Set ups for releasable Abseil. Group Abseiling, Management and Psychology.

evening – at Plymouth Life Centre. Climbing Wall. Bouldering. Spotting. Group Management

Day 2

Meet at Chudleigh Car Park 10am

am -at Chudleigh Rocks. Lead Climbing. Placements, set ups, and self safety

pm – at Chudleigh Rocks. Rescues and Problem Solving. Action Planning and Assessment format. Sample Assessment Paper. Group and Personal Debrief


An assessment course looks like this;

Day 1

Meet at Dewerstone at 9.30am

am – Introductions and discuss assessment format. Look at candidate taught Belaying. Personal Climbing (lead Climb), including guidebooks and environment.

pm – Personal and Group abseils inc release.

evening – High Sports. Climbing wall session including bouldering and written paper review.

Day 2

Meet at Sheeps Tor 9.30am

am – Group climbing set ups, top and bottom roping, inc peer belaying, ground anchors. Supervision

pm – Problem solving, rescues and judgement. Debrief, feedback and action planning


What does it Cost?

The SPA training costs £120 per person, the Assessment and Award on its own costs £120 per person. We are able to provide accommodation on site for both the SPA Training and Assessment, please ask for further information.


• You must be at least 18 years old
• You should have at least 12 months of rock climbing experience
• You should have an interest in supervising novice climbing groups
• You must be registered for the Single Pitch Award scheme (this costs £42) on the Mountain Training website.

Need any more Information?

If you’ve still got any questions or want to talk through this qualification is appropriate for you, or to book please contact Mark Garland directly on 07973 910120 or e-mail

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