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Re: Local Cave Leader Training For Scout Leaders
« Reply #75 on: January 16, 2016, 06:53:03 pm »
cannot speak for mason mine or that area situation, our area 1, the assessor has to have a mine module (not sure in what they had to do for this) in turn all cave leaders had to be assessed for the mines, 2, our underground system has to have an annual inspection from a mines engineer and an approved route  issued, this we have to stick too, even though we could provide a much more interesting route
the approved route and annual inspection as I understand is something that the commercial side of being underground have to do, TSA have fallen in line with this procedure.

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Re: Local Cave Leader Training For Scout Leaders
« Reply #76 on: January 16, 2016, 07:18:02 pm »
I would personally like to see The Scout Association's activity authorisation scheme assessed by the correct NGB qualified people, this fact alone would give it a lot more credibility. It would be unrealistic to expect all "instructors" to hold NGB awards. "Site specific" authorisation (given by a suitability qualified person) for certain activities is a very useful system.
Guiding UK run an activity scheme which seems to hold its credentials to the "outside world" and allows Guides to access activities (although the numbers are not as large as Scouts)

TSA produce some very good assessment "checklists" which are designed to be used by the assessors to give points to be checked depending on the level of permit requested. Other than these checklists (which are only guidelines) it is left up to each Scout "County" to decide how they want to carry out the assessment.

For example; Our County has 3 cave assessors (Two level2 & one CIC), we have agreed a system which follows the BCA scheme.  Log book, home paper, Personal skills day, and then group day. The 2 days require separate assessors and cannot be "your mate".
However, Scout permits can be given by any County and used anywhere, so if somebody didn't like our system they could potentially "shop" around until they found a system that they did like !!

First Aid: A permit holder (other than T2 hill walking) is not required to hold ANY first aid qualification, the rules state that somebody in the activity group must hold a First aid qualification suitable to the activity. Again this kind of issue does not help give the scheme credidibillity. (We put on very cheap 16 hour first aid courses for permit holders : Carrot rather than stick)

Funding: TSA provide funding for NGBs , but only for people who will use that qualification to be a County assessor (for minimum of 2 years) They will pay half of any training and assessment costs (including accommodation if this is included in the course fee, as per Plas Y  Brenin), also a good mileage allowance incurred in getting to the courses.
BCA refund the LCLMA registration fee to voluntary leaders.
There is also funding available  for attending a Scout "permit assessment".

The Scout system is far from perfect, and is very vulnerable to local "variations". At one end of the scale, it can be very close if not the same as the NGB system, at the other end it could just be a mate signing off another mate (no evidence of this happening, just a possibility of the the system).

With the money available, the correct NGB qualified people who would be willing to assess who are "Scout friendly" then the Scouts could do a lot better. Using Guiding UK as a starter ?

One of the main issues is the shear number of activities that the permit scheme covers, the obvious cave, climb, walking are common, but any scheme has to manage all the other activities: paracending, hovercraft, Scuba diving, Coaststeering, mountain biking, surfing, ballooning, hang gliding, Zorbing and many many more !

All I can do for now is make sure any activities / assessments I am involved with are as close to the NGB route as possible, whilst still working within Scout rules.  :halo:

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Re: Local Cave Leader Training For Scout Leaders
« Reply #77 on: January 16, 2016, 07:39:35 pm »
In reply to Bograt.....
Masson Mine is not inspected on behalf of PICA. I believe that since the landowner is unknown or permission not obtainable, we could not use the inspection anyway.
The Scouts have organised their own inspection as is their right. I'd love to speak to someone who can put PICA in touch with the owner as we may have demand to bring it into our inspection scheme.

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Re: Local Cave Leader Training For Scout Leaders
« Reply #78 on: January 16, 2016, 07:50:35 pm »
In reply to various comments about volunteers not wanting the expense of the 'proper' qualifications... If you contact the BCA Training Officer he will give you details of training grants available to voluntary organisations.

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Re: Local Cave Leader Training For Scout Leaders
« Reply #79 on: January 16, 2016, 08:09:26 pm »
In reply to various comments about volunteers not wanting the expense of the 'proper' qualifications... If you contact the BCA Training Officer he will give you details of training grants available to voluntary organisations.

For info: http://british-caving.org.uk/wiki3/doku.php?id=training:voluntary_youth_sector_grants

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Re: Local Cave Leader Training For Scout Leaders
« Reply #80 on: January 16, 2016, 08:17:16 pm »
In reply to Bograt.....
Masson Mine is not inspected on behalf of PICA. I believe that since the landowner is unknown or permission not obtainable, we could not use the inspection anyway.
The Scouts have organised their own inspection as is their right. I'd love to speak to someone who can put PICA in touch with the owner as we may have demand to bring it into our inspection scheme.

The majority of the Masson system is under ground owned by the Pughs (Heights of Abraham), unfortunately the quarry and its entrances are under ground owned by someone else; when it was up for auction enquiries were made to try and find out who but this was refused on grounds of client confidentiality; frustrating but the auctioneers were right to take that line if the client so wished. It's not changed hands for a long time so the Land Registry don't have ownership details. Should I win the lottery I'll ask Bagshaws if the owner is still interested in selling....
Dirty old mines need love too....

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Re: Local Cave Leader Training For Scout Leaders
« Reply #81 on: January 16, 2016, 08:41:19 pm »
Cheers for the info AR, that was roughly what I understood of the situation.
The Scouts must know who controls the entrance and the mine, otherwise their inspection and insurance is probably invalidated.

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Re: Local Cave Leader Training For Scout Leaders
« Reply #82 on: January 16, 2016, 08:55:30 pm »
Not sure if Masson comes within the PICA mines inspection remit, maybe someone can clarify?, its all to do with professionals earning money to take folks down old mines...
 Something the Scouts don't have to worry about, since they are all volunteers, and do not gain financially by their endeavours.
Do the scouts leaders explain to parents that they are taking their children into mines that the BCA  LCMLA panel do not feel are safe for paying customers? I do love the idea your safer the more you pay.
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Re: Local Cave Leader Training For Scout Leaders
« Reply #83 on: January 16, 2016, 11:30:49 pm »
Do the scouts leaders explain to parents that they are taking their children into mines that the BCA  LCMLA panel do not feel are safe for paying customers? I do love the idea your safer the more you pay.

The scouts have an inspection report for "Great Masson": if you're a scout member you can request a copy of it: http://members.scouts.org.uk/mineinspectionreports

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Re: Local Cave Leader Training For Scout Leaders
« Reply #84 on: January 17, 2016, 06:26:04 pm »

When I did my ML and SPA assessments, the course leader was an MIA, but all of the other assessors with us had the ML and/or SPA qualification.


They shouldn't have been working on a SPA assessment unless they hold a MIA. It is a simple as that, I would bet that the paperwork submitted to Mountain Training doesn't show this! As a long standing Mountain Training provider, who just so happens to sit on the Quality Assurance panel, I know exactly what would happen if a SPA holder did appear as an assessor on course!

It is slightly different with regards to the walking courses, there are minimum requirements for people working on training and assessment courses, but its the course director who makes the judgement on who to use, and also the Course director should also have spent some time on the ground with each of the assessment candidates.

The current staffing guidelines are here - http://www.mountain-training.org/england/course-staffing And do make some interesting reading.

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Re: Local Cave Leader Training For Scout Leaders
« Reply #85 on: January 17, 2016, 07:08:20 pm »
Remember in this country you don't need to hold an NGB award to take a group out on the hills, down rivers or in a cave. (Mines of course are slightly different), for commercial enterprises with under 18s there is a requirement to be Licensed through the Adventurous Activities Licensing Scheme (Scouts, Schools, Clubs providing activities to their own members etc are excluded by this) but AALS defines 4 methods of defining competency:

1. A reconsigned qualification (SPA, LCMLA)
2. An alternative qualification (Military?, Foreign NGB?)
3. A site specific sign off by a technical advisor - in some ways the Scout scheme is probably closer to this method, as they probably have a friendly CIC Tech Advisor on side, this is certainly the case for paddlesport, climbing and mountaineering, and have an risk assessed and appropriate trickle down scheme in place.
4. Experience - always fun to try and define this one.

But the fact of the matter is that if anything goes wrong, the first question in court will be - What happened? Followed shortly afterwards - And what did you do about it? This will be the same whether you hold a NGB or not.

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Re: Local Cave Leader Training For Scout Leaders
« Reply #86 on: January 18, 2016, 10:18:09 am »
I totally agree with all Paul`s points above. I have an AALS license and must prove the competance of all my staff.
The easiest way to demonstrate this competance is if all staff have the relevant N.G.B. qualification and a current logbook to show they are an active caver. 
If they dont have an N.G.B. qualification, I can have them assessed (ratified) by a Technical Advisor.
AALS (Licensing Authority) list the minimum qualifications for a T.A. in each activity in an `Instructor`s Matrix`.
The minimum qualification to be a Technical Advisor in caving is the C.I.C. ( in climbing its the M.I.A. etc.)
In Scouting, each Scout County appoints its own independant advisor / assessor for each activity.
In Scouting this assessor  (Technical Advisor) should have the LCLMA level 1 or 2.
LCLMA 2 is the appropriate qualification to lead a party underground in a limited number of well known caves, "their LCLMA list"; it is not the right qualification to make judgements on the competance of others to lead groups underground.
It also appears that an LCLMA 1 or 2 holder can authorise other Scouts Leaders to take youngsters into caves that are not on his (the assessor`s) LCLMA approved list of caves. This is where the credibility of the Scout system breaks down.
As far as I can tell, in the outdoor commumity (voluntary, commercial, amateur, professional) Scouting is the only group that still uses the `wrong` qualification to select their Teachnical Advisor.

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Re: Local Cave Leader Training For Scout Leaders
« Reply #87 on: January 18, 2016, 12:19:30 pm »
The Scouts have got an appropriate technical advisor - http://members.scouts.org.uk/supportresources/search/?cat=419,817

Their system of approving leaders is the main issue that you lot are discussing here and their system works on a tickle down process for all adventure sports, the fact that they have a process that is quantifiable is a start and certainly better than some commercial centres! 

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Re: Local Cave Leader Training For Scout Leaders
« Reply #88 on: January 18, 2016, 05:37:17 pm »
yes it would be great in an ideal world if anyone leading parties underground including scouts held the nationally recognised qualification, we don't live in an ideal world
yes it would also be great in an ideal world that whoever is assessing whether it be a cic or a scout assessor assessed to the same standard. we don't live in an ideal world
TSA does have a system in place it is if administered correctly quite in depth,
for example I was helping this weekend to train one of our current cave leaders who at the moment has a permit for horizontal caves, he wants to progress to ladder and lifeline, so to swildons 20 to practise, the normal mayhem of rigging, 2 srt no problem, and one ladder and lifeline in place, they would not only failed our assessors requirements but I would have completely re rigged for taking scouts down, the lifeline was off only one bolt, the ladder did not rigged with a releasable belay but even worse they had put the tether over the top of one of the srt ropes had it been a really busy weekend would have hated to see the condition of the srt rope with the constant sawing of the wire tether across it, :read: :furious:
should I complain, who too, who would listen,
but suppose that was a scout permit holder, ah we here a different story cause there system cant be any good cause I got assessed by lcmla level 2, who if I showed him that would not have passed me.
scout system may not be as good as cic,n( I am not suggesting a cic would rig it like this) but the standard of rigging seen on many occasions especially at swildons 20 is not good

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Re: Local Cave Leader Training For Scout Leaders
« Reply #89 on: January 18, 2016, 08:58:22 pm »
the standard of rigging seen on many occasions especially at swildons 20 is not good

Not good is being quite diplomatic. You could be blunt and say that very frequently it's poor, bad, appalling, etc.. What compounds the mischief is that the Mendip caving scene prides itself on its continued use of ladders (remember it is the mid-1800s on Mendip at the moment, according to the Elliot quotation) and this being the case, you'd have considered it a reasonable supposition that for a region that uses ladders so much, the rigging of them would be down to a fine art, an exemplar, textbook examples etc..  The other thing which is bewildering is the pitch itself, rigging into a waterfall. This is contrary to all established practice, is dangerous, and inexplicable. Rigging for SRT into a waterfall is a death trap.

A bolted traverse around the right hand wall, or left, or both, would avoid this. The regional council should consider the installation of bolts to this effect as a pressing matter.
« Last Edit: January 18, 2016, 09:14:06 pm by Cap'n Chris »

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Re: Local Cave Leader Training For Scout Leaders
« Reply #90 on: January 18, 2016, 09:05:04 pm »
quite agree chris.

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Re: Local Cave Leader Training For Scout Leaders
« Reply #91 on: January 18, 2016, 09:26:42 pm »
I don't use a ladder on the 20'  :tease:
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Re: Local Cave Leader Training For Scout Leaders
« Reply #92 on: January 18, 2016, 09:27:49 pm »
Nor do I; I use rope and inspired rigging.

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Re: Local Cave Leader Training For Scout Leaders
« Reply #93 on: January 18, 2016, 10:56:47 pm »
Hi Badger. You will not be surprised to know, I re-rigged the ladder before I left, so it was under the rope and no longer rubbed (couldn’t leve it like that). Still on one bolt but not much I could do about that without more kit.


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