|Single Pitch Award Assessment|
The Single Pitch Award (SPA) is the only nationally recognised award of its kind. There has been a tremendous increase over recent years in the number of groups enjoying climbing sessions on outcrops, crags, quarries and climbing walls throughout the United Kingdom.
The intent of this award is to promote high standards of supervision so that both enjoyment and safety are enhanced, without compromising either the sport of climbing or the participation of other crag or wall users. It is valid throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland and is recognised by the Adventure Activity Licensing Authority (AALA).
The scheme is for those
who are in a position of responsibility during single pitch rock climbing
activities. It is primarily concerned with good practice, leading to the safe
and quiet enjoyment of the activity. Completion of a training course alone,
without taking an assessment course, is not a qualification in itself, although
it maybe of considerable benefit to the trainee.
Both the training and assessment courses cover the following areas:
Group management and supervision
The Climbing Environment
The training course in particular aims to provide the candidate with a basis of training from which they can then consolidate their experience This will be done by completing a log-book of personal climbing and supervising group climbing sessions. By training with others of a similar standard, but from a variety of backgrounds, the course provides a varied and stimulating environment in which to learn both from others on the course and through expert guidance.