/ Cheapest way to SPA
Climb lots, book on a training - I have one in April climb more, do some group work and do your assessment a few months later...
There's only one way really:
Register with Mountain Training (Siabod cottage)
Find a provider
You MAY be able to get it paid for in return for a commitment to use it to work with a voluntary group such as Guides or Scouts.
Think it's possible to apply direct for assessment, or used to be, but you needed some persuading skills!
After training, you'll need to get some consolidation experience in your log book, which means it's going to be at least 2-3 months, unless you can volunteer at an outdoor centre - anything much less will be suspicious. People have been known to fabricate some/all of the experience, but they're not daft and you better be able to answer questions about it!
Plus the 2-day first aid course I guess? (looking to do it myself at some point)
Forgot about the first aid!
You just need to put the effort and time in and pay the fee's same as everyone,
I´ve done the training, first aid and assesment all straight after each other over about 8 days, bit hard to organise and you want some previous experience! No cheaper except on travel!!
If you want free, or better than free, get paid to do it, join the Armed Forces and get paid to go on courses you personally won't pay for?
A fairly extreme way to get your SPA though, especially for an old man like Mark !
Steady Jez ;-)
You could volunteer for Bolton Council Outdoor Education team and in return they will pay for training and assessment courses.
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