/ Teaching others to teach belaying
THat's what I thought. This is slightly separate to the NICAS thing though - it's more of a general question regarding site-specific qualifications. The place is an autobelay wall so the instructors don't need CWA/SPA etc - they just need to be signed off by one of the senior instructors. But if we start introducing ropes/tying in/belaying, it makes things slightly more complicated.
Best practise would be to get a technical advisor who holds the MIA as a minimum to write a statement of competence for staff to cover tying-on, belaying etc.
I'm a technical advisor to a couple of walls on the NICAS scheme. Please send me a direct message if you want anymore info.
I think you mean suitably 'experienced' SPA as there isn't really such as thing as a 'suitably qualified SPA' technical adviser.
I do know that AALS are developing very strong views on the 'dilution' of responsibility that they see happening; not just with non-MIA Technical Advisers but with Technical Advisers 'signing-off' people to 'sign-off' others.
The bottom line, however, would seem to be that in the event of an accident you can demonstrate that you have taken all reasonable measures to assure the competence of those working at your wall. Current good practice would seem to be that a suitable experienced MIA+ who acts as technical adviser and staff trainer/assessor is a suitable reasonable measure. If you don't want to go that route that is up to you.
THanks guys. Yes, of course 'suitably experienced' is what I meant, 'suitavbly qualified SPA' is a bit oxymoronic. I think we'll bring in an MIA for the job 'to be sure to be sure'.
> 'to be sure to be sure'.
You really are Irish, then :-)
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