RAMS Long Beach 2012

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Name: Balmacewen Intermediate School Dates: 27,28,30,31 Aug 2012 10-14 Sept 2012 Activity/Situation: Rock Climbing, Long Beach ANALYSIS
1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Injury or death due to fall from height Injury or death due to rockfall from above Emotional trauma due to exposure to height Unwillingness to participate in activity Incident due to sickness/medical condition

Dave Brash Dunedin Climbing Ltd 44 Grey St, Dunedin 03 4739970, 027 2221195 [email protected]


1,2,3,4 Poor information system for staff and students 1,2,3,4, Poor group management 1,2,3,4 Inappropriate activities/progressions for students 1,2,4 Poor instructor technical skills/experience (-> anchor/systems failure)

1,2,4 Equipment failure 1,2,4 Equipment omission 1,4 Students’ inappropriate clothing/equipment

1,2,3,4 Steep/exposed terrain 2 Loose rock 1,2 Anchor failure 1 Pendulum potential, sharp edges, etc. 3 Weather 1 Sea (high tide, surf, noise, distraction)

Instructor skills: clear precise communication of correct systems to adults and students - skilled group management - appropriate route selection for abilities of each individual - effective teaching/application of safety checks - appropriate activities for staff/student ratios - extensive technical skills and experience - Engender environment of mutual support/responsibility, progressive self motivated challenge Students – indemnity/risk disclosure forms, medical disclosure - Aware of clothing, etc requirements

Detailed knowledge of properties/limitations/application of all climbing and abseil equipment and natural/fixed anchors All climbing equipment (including helmets) rated to relevant UIAA and/or CE standards Policy: equipment checked at each use and maintained or retired as required. Ropes and slings maximum life 10 years (top rope), 5 years (lead) Carry spare clothing, food, water, group outdoor first aid kit, rescue equipment. Well maintained vehicle

Bombproof anchors: check fixed anchors at each use; upgrade when needed Check for poor quality/loose rock/sharp edges No unroped climbing above head height (feet) Helmet zone within 8m of cliff face, backup belayer, belayer awareness, climber awareness and communication (important briefing at beginning of session) Effective group management Appropriate route selection Instructor line of sight to all routes

Ability to efficiently and safely access and bring down student from any part of the crag without physical or emotional trauma. Skill and experience in all aspects of high angle terrain recovery. Releasable systems in place where applicable 2. Carry comprehensive outdoor first aid kit. Current Outdoor First Aid Certification 3. Carry cell phone and relevant contact details

Head Instructor: Dave Brash, Dunedin Climbing Ltd. Professional rock climbing instructor, with several hundred days’experience teaching groups at local outdoor venues since 1995. Current approved outdoor first aid qualification NZOIA Stage 2 Rock Climbing Instructor and Assessor B.App.Sci. (Human Movement), Diploma of Education Other Instructor: Jess Marriot (022 6417089): NZOIA Stage 2 Rock Climbing Instructor Award, graduate of Otago Polytechnic School of Adventure Diploma Programme, current approved first aid qualification, with extensive training and experience with groups at this venue Qualifications and experience exceed EOTC Guidelines

2 Groups of students per day, sessions starting 10am and 12.15pm. Wet weather call will be made at 7am on the day A minimum of 3 adult helpers per group is recommended. Adults will be taught to belay the students Students to bring warm clothing, parka, food, water, sunscreen (and camera) School to inform instructor of any special needs/medical conditions

Adults will be taught to belay the students; no previous skills are required


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