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 Bronze Training


Training commences at the end of March and runs every Tuesday evening from 7.30pm to 9.00pm for approx 9 weeks in Portrush and commences in Ballymena on a Wednesday evening from 6.30pm to 9.00pm from April. The ventures themselves are scheduled according to the groups availability. To enrol - contact Jane or Michael ideally by December. If there is sufficient demand further ventures may be organised.

The award conditions require you to plan for, train for and undertake a two day expedition, with at least six hours of planned activity per day (at least 3 of which must be spent journeying).

Over the space of three months you will attend training for roughly 2 hours per week.  In that time you will meet the other team members, learn skills of navigation, how to put up a tent, how to use camping stoves safely, basic first aid etc.

Then you will undertake two expeditions (one training venture and one assessment)

The expeditions usually take place at a weekend, departing on a Saturday morning.  

You will be carrying everything you need in a rucksack on your back - so packing light is a good idea !

 

For the first (training) venture, you will be remotely supervised by an instructor who will be on hand to guide you. However on the second trip you will not need the instructor at all and will be assessed by an assessor instead.  The assessor will not have been involved in your training, but will most likely be someone known to you from the Open Award Unit.

 

Once the assessment venture is complete, you then have to write a report or do a presentation about the trip as well.

 

Silver Training

 

Training commences at the end of March and runs every Tuesday evening from 7.30pm to 9.00pm for approx 9 weeks in Portrush and commences in Ballymena on a Wednesday evening from 6.30pm to 9.00pm from April. Places are first offered to the previous years Bronze then opened out to anyone else. To enrol you should contact Jane or Michael no later than the end of December.

 

 

The award conditions require you to plan for, train for and undertake a three day expedition, with at least seven hours of planned activity per day (at least 3.5 of which must be spent journeying).

   

Just like the Bronze Award, you'll undertake some classroom based training, then undertake two ventures (one training, one assessment) carrying all your gear in a rucksack.

 

Your assessor will be someone completely unknown to you.

 

 

Gold Training


Training commences at the start of March over two full days on a Saturday from 10.30am to 4.30pm. Places are first offered to the previous years Silver then opened out to anyone. To enrol you should contact Jane or Michael no later than the end of December.

The award conditions require you to plan for, train for and undertake a four day expedition, with at least eight hours of planned activity per day (at least 4 of which must be spent journeying).

Just like the bronze and silver award you will undertake some classroom based training, then undertake two ventures (one training, one assessed) carrying all your gear in a rucksack.

Where possible we only operate one Gold trip each year to Wicklow, Ireland.  A practice venture is undertaken in the Antrim Hills.  The planning for the trip takes a very long time and competition for a place is usually high. To enrol you should contact Jane or Michael by December at the latest. Priority is given to participants from the previous years Silver and any spare places are opened out to any participant of the Award, regardless of their location.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 









 

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