NOW LIVE Q&A - Jon Garside and Andy Say

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NOW LIVE - Jon Garside and Andy Say

Ask them questions in the UKC Forum:

In the second of a new UKC series about climbing awards, Sarah Stirling gives us all the details of the Climbing Wall Award.

Sarah shows us the syllabus for the award and also gives us information on how to register. The article also contains a video from the BMC, explaining about the Climbing Wall Award.

Later this week we have articles about the Single Pitch Award and the Walking Group Leader Award.

Jon Garside from the British Mountaineering Council (BMC) and Andy Say from the Mountain Leader Training (MLT) are appearing live in the UKC Forums on Friday the 5th of June (That's this Friday!) to answer any questions about these awards and about instructing climbing in general.

LIVE - Friday 5th June - Jon Garside & Andy Say

If you have any questions about awards in climbing you can get in touch with the MLT here: Mountain Leader Training

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5 Jun, 2009
Hi Jon and Andy. Thanks for coming on to UKC to answer some questions. I have a question: The SPA (Single Pitch Award) is kind of the 'normal' qualification for teaching climbing in the UK I guess. I just wondered how many SPA holders there are in the UK in total? Cheers, Jack
5 Jun, 2009
The SPA is one of three climbing qualifications, the others being the Climbing Wall Award (CWA) and the Mountaineering Instructor Award (MIA). The CWA has proved very popular, but the SPA has too, since it was launched in 1990. In it's first ten years, over 20,000 people registered for the SPA scheme, and over 16,000 of them attended a training course. Not all went on to assessment, as many people attend the training courses of all Mountain Leader Training schemes to develop their personal and leadership skills Andy Say is just checking the database for the exact numbers for current SPA holders.
5 Jun, 2009
Sorry for the delay - there was a sheep on the road at Pont y Gromlech. From the inception of the old SPSA by the BMC to this morning we have records of 10,533 (!) people having passed their SPA. We anticipated a slight drop in numbers going through the SPA award as the CWA has come 'on stream' and whilst there has been something like a 10% reduction in registrations for SPA over the last year this year is holding up pretty well.
5 Jun, 2009
Hi Jon, Andy A lot has been happening recently, there are two issues it would probably be useful to have a public update on. First. What is happening about qualifications to teach leading indoors. Second. Could you give us an update on what is happening with regard to coaching within climbing. I believe a lot of valuable and productive consultation work has been and is ongoing in that area. Many thanks, Mark
5 Jun, 2009
Just a quick note to say the SPA article and BMC Video has gone live on UKC:SPA Article: Cheers, Jack
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