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Guy Jarvis (NICAS) Live on UKC..TODAY

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Today there is a Q&A session in the UKC Forums with Guy Jarvis of NICAS.

Guy's Q&A session marks the start of a new article series about climbing qualifications.

There has been some discussion on NICAS already in the UKC forums.

Guy will be live between 9am and 5pm. If you have any questions regarding NICAS, how it will affect climbing, how you can get started, or where and when NICAS is running, you can ask Guy in the associated forum thread.


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21 May, 2009
Morning Guy, There are two concerns that were brought up on the other thread associated with the NICAS article. Some are concerned that, 1. In the future, because of NICAS, only those with qualifications will be 'allowed' to climb outside and that if you want climbing insurance you will have to show the insurance company a certification of competence. and.. 2. That NICAS will breed a generation of climbers that only want to climb inside and our climbing culture and community will be less for that. Could you address both these issues. Thanks, Mick
21 May, 2009
Morning Guy, there was also a suggestion that this is just a money making scheme aimed at getting more people into walls. I find this a bit cynical but can understand why people will see it that way. Could you give a bit more background on why you felt the need for an award scheme? Al
21 May, 2009
Hi Guy I noted that a component of the advanced level is: - Demonstrate background knowledge on UK climbing history, issues, equipment and the Mountaineering Councils Apologies for my ignorance of what is available but assumiong the participant wanted (or their parents wanted) to continue down a formal route what would be the next natural certificate/level if they wanted to progress to leading outside ? Would that be the SPA or would there be a lot of overlap ?
21 May, 2009
Morning Guy, I think the aims of the NICAS scheme have a lot of merit and that it will be the coaches working at Level 5 who will be particularly influential in the choices young climbers make about their future development. My only criticism at this time is that the roll out of ABCTT coaching workshops does not appear to be happening. If you could tell me where to find one in the Peak or North West, I would sign up today. Regards, Paul
21 May, 2009
Guy, Can we use the NICAS awards to climb at indoor centres around the U.K without having to pass assesments at each one if we are aged under 18? This would be realy useful Thanks. Frankie
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