The Beginner Instructor Course (BIC) is considered by many past students as our most enjoyable and interactive. There is no shortage of on rope fun at this seminar! The BIC, and the Intermediate Instructors Course are the courses that fulfill the 90% solution on most rope rescues within industry and wilderness locations. It is designed for the serious rope rescue practitioner wishing to improve their personal rigging skill. This seminar is sometimes mistakenly perceived as a beginning program due to the personal nature of many of the evolutions.

In fact, it is for those that never seem to get enough on rope experience or time over the edge. The BIC begins with valuable, yet simple lessons on physics, safety in the vertical realm and then moves into practical and fun-filled days where multiple rope stations keep the practitioner busy throughout the day. Students in the BIC practice their skills and learn to work together as a team in successful retrieval of this patient in a non-threatening environment. The BIC goes well into often overlooked personal skills that are taken for granted on most rescue teams. Students also learn the classic differences (in risk) associated with belays, self belays, conditional belays and conditional self belays.
Warning: There is a very very strong emphasis on knotcraft in this seminar! Students are tested throughout the program for proficiency and the ability to tie under pressure. All in fun, of course!

BIC key points:

•    Ideal for rope access technicians (those that work at elevation).
•    Strong emphasis on personal skills
•    Improvisation and minimalism "What do you do if the gadget does not show up?"
•    Knotcraft to the extreme (There is a strong emphasis on knot skills)
•    Introduction to pulley systems (simple through complex)
•    Physics of rope rescue
•    Two tensioned rope systems
•    Beginning litter work in high angle evacuations (practice at "attending")
•    Multiple methods of descending on rope (including improvised)
•    Multiple methods of ascending on handled ascenders
•    Rope-to-rope transfers
•    Rope problems needing strong personal skill base
•    Emergency escape
•    True belays/escaping belays after loading
•    Self rescue techniques / Buddy rescue techniques
•    Complete AZTEK kit orientation for personal and team operations:
               Single and double part hasty rappels
               Belays and self belays
               Dynamic fixed and traveling brakes
               Dynamic directionals
               Personal travel restrict and fall protection
•    Solo rescuer pick off ("gecko" and hanging)
•    Semi-solo rescuer pick offs ("gecko" and hanging)
•    Sound anchoring principles: simple through advanced system anchors
•    Slack backups vs tensioned backties
•    Patient tie in techniques
•    Split coil carries; low angle carries
•    Caterpillar passes and role rotation during litter carries

Much more....



Industrial Rescue Workshop

The Industrial Rescue Workshop (IRW) is an in-depth, hands-on course, emphasising technical rescue from difficult locations in an industrial setting including towers, structures and confined spaces. The IRW will employ minimalist approaches to both solo and team-based rescues in some cases using only the AZTEK kit. More

Structural Tower Rescue Workshop

The Structural Tower Rescue Workshop (STRW) is an in-depth, hands-on course, emphasizing structural rescue from the ground up. The techniques used in this program are closely aligned with mountain rescue where similar bottom up procedures are used on stranded climbers above the rescue team's arriving location.More

Mountain Rescue Workshop

The Mountain Rescue Workshop is a minimalist approach to mountain rescue procedures and teaches the access, stabilisation and extrication of patients involved in mid-face free or aid climbing accidents, especially those where the accident site is only accessed from below. The student will learn how to design and build system anchors from bolts, pitons and active and passive rock climbing camming devices. More


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