Classes are held Apr 18, 19, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26 and May 13, 14.
Introduces the Professional Climbing Instructors Association (PCIA) instructor competencies and curriculum for institutional top rope rock climbing certification. Topics include technical proficiency, selection of equipment, safety systems, site and group management, leadership and teaching approaches, curriculum development, and basic rock rescue. Students participate in local and regional fieldtrips.
Special Requirement: This course involves moderate to high physical activity and the ability to be active and in the outdoors for a full day in a remote, forested environment. Off-campus field trips. All students must submit the OLP Health History and Physical Examination Attestation Form, completed and signed by a physician, verifying medical clearance for full participation. Students assume any travel and permit/pass costs associated with field trips.
Prerequisites: OLP 111 (Introduction to Outdoor Adventure Skills) or equivalent.
Requires permission of OLP Program Coordinator (TremblayB@gcc.mass.edu or 413-775-1126).
Wilderness First Responder certification preferred. Prior experience leading groups on rock climbing experiences preferred.