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Offline Andy Sparrow

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Minimum age for OFD?
« on: May 30, 2018, 08:42:03 pm »
Am I right in thinking there are no minimum age restrictions for OFD?  Club trip this Sunday and would like to bring junior member aged 13.

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Offline Trig Gledhill

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Re: Minimum age for OFD?
« Reply #1 on: May 30, 2018, 08:46:33 pm »
If it's any help, I did a OFD2 to Cwm Dwr when I was 12.

That was 1998, but I'm sure as long as someone is capable and you're the parent/carer/kin?

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Re: Minimum age for OFD?
« Reply #2 on: May 30, 2018, 10:54:15 pm »
Can't see anything in the access conditions about a minimum age.

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Re: Minimum age for OFD?
« Reply #3 on: May 30, 2018, 11:22:55 pm »
There is no minimum age for entry to OFD as far as I know [I was DO at SWCC this month..] and loads of
younger cavers do indeed go caving there.

Offline oldcaver

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Re: Minimum age for OFD?
« Reply #4 on: May 31, 2018, 09:10:05 am »
I will be taking my 10 year old grandson for his 5th trip into OFD this weekend.

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Re: Minimum age for OFD?
« Reply #5 on: May 31, 2018, 09:36:24 am »
There is a provisional members weekend at the club this weekend and some of the new members are bringing their children for OFD trips.

Offline Cap'n Chris

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Re: Minimum age for OFD?
« Reply #6 on: May 31, 2018, 09:51:14 am »
According to the Access Conditions, as long as people are experienced cavers then all is well. Not sure how that's defined, though, as it seems OK for novices to be allowed in.

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Re: Minimum age for OFD?
« Reply #7 on: May 31, 2018, 01:27:43 pm »
According to the Access Conditions, as long as people are experienced cavers then all is well. Not sure how that's defined, though, as it seems OK for novices to be allowed in.

Novices don't get keys but are welcome with experienced cavers. My children first went in at 4 or 5 and the grandchildren the same.

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Re: Minimum age for OFD?
« Reply #8 on: May 31, 2018, 04:52:24 pm »
What a refreshing and enlightened attitude, such a contrast to some of the goings-on with Mendip.

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Re: Minimum age for OFD?
« Reply #9 on: June 10, 2018, 07:34:20 am »
Am I right in thinking there are no minimum age restrictions for OFD?  Club trip this Sunday and would like to bring junior member aged 13.

Thanks!

Andy Sparrow

Did the youngster enjoy themselves?? Hope so  ;D

Heartening, reading this thread  :)

Offline oldcaver

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Re: Minimum age for OFD?
« Reply #10 on: June 11, 2018, 08:02:28 am »
My 10 year old grandson enjoyed his weekend in South Wales. The highlight for him was doing the round trip in OFD 1, especially when he had to use cowstails on bolt traverse.

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Re: Minimum age for OFD?
« Reply #11 on: June 11, 2018, 09:54:26 am »
By 'round trip' do you mean in up the streamway and out on the 'escape route' (or vice versa, of course)? I can imagine that the wire traverses would be very exciting for a younster – glad he enjoyed the trip.

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Re: Minimum age for OFD?
« Reply #12 on: June 11, 2018, 01:02:13 pm »
We went in by the escape route and down the stream, this made Lowe's chain an easier climb.  The climb up from bolt passage to pi chamber was interesting.

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Re: Minimum age for OFD?
« Reply #13 on: August 30, 2018, 06:47:44 pm »
Asking for a mate...

We are both members with BCA and he has a young lad of about 6 years of age that he's been taking caving a fair bit. The lad is a natural and we would like to show him some 'proper big stuff.' Are we okay to take him into OFD1? Or are there restrictions?

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Re: Minimum age for OFD?
« Reply #14 on: August 30, 2018, 07:25:03 pm »
I don't think there is a minimum age for entry into OFD, I have seen children younger than 6 down there. As for access you should check at the swwc web site  www.swcc.org.uk for full access arrangements, or even consider the Provincials/Beginners weekend at the Beginning November.

Offline Cap'n Chris

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Re: Minimum age for OFD?
« Reply #15 on: August 30, 2018, 09:20:15 pm »
I have been in OFD when an infant in a papoose was on the parent's back.