North Wales Panel Courses. December 12th-16th 2016

This year the North Wales LCMLA Panel will be running a series of training and assessment courses throughout the week of the 12th through to the 16th of December 2016. Courses will be based at both Lledr Hall OEC and Oaklands OEC, with self catering accommodation available at both if required (for an additional fee).

The week is also a great opportunity for candidates to present for assessment as there with be several trainers and assessors available throughout the week.

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Click on the links below for more details, and complete the form to make a booking.

Note a copy of your booking enquiry form will be sent to your invoice address in addition to your own address,

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Before presenting for assessment please double check you have the minimum log-book experience as outlined in the BCA Handbook

  • Have at least 1 year cave/mine exploration
  • 30 trips in 10 different systems (including 2 different type of mines for Mine Leader)
  • A proportion of these should be as a leader under supervision
  • Some trips may be above and beyond the remit of the level 1

5 of these must be quality days, defined as satisfying at least 4 of the following. Please nominate and highlight the 5 trips you consider best reflect quality days in your logbook when presented

  • Exploration of a new route or system
  • Incorporate at least 4 or 5 hours underground exploration
  • An experience that develops an individuals caving/mine exploration knowledge, skills and awareness
  • Incorporates skills above the level of the candidates qualification
  • Self led
  • Involve some vertical skills or digging
  • Exploration of a cave that responds to rainfall

Please be prepared to present your log book on request. This can be done by posing or dropping off your log book to Oaklands OEC, or by sending us photos or a scan of your logbook.

Level 1 Local Mine Training Course, 12-13 December 2016

Cost: £150

Venue: Lledr Hall OEC

Director: Dave Baines

This 2 day course will cover the Level 1 Local Mine Leader Award syllabus as outlined in the BCA handbook.

LCMLA Mine Leader Training
Assisted hand-line underground

During the course candidates will look at the skills required to lead groups in horizontal mine systems under the LCMLA scheme. During the 2 days candidates will look at the outline of the LCMLA scheme, geology and mining processes associated with both metal and stone mines with a particular emphasis on those found in North Wales, risk identification and management, navigation underground, personal and group kit, and simple rope techniques through a series of classroom and practical sessions, including at least 2 trips underground.

There are no prerequisites to attending this training course, other than registering with the BCA LCMLA scheme (which must be completed before attending), however candidates should be comfortable exploring underground to get the most out of the 2 days.

Candidates should provide their own lunch and personal protective equipment for the course, including appropriate helmet and light, broad/load bearing belt and cows tails (made up of good quality dynamic rope). Replacement rope for cows tails will be available to purchase during the course, but please get in touch in advance so we can get these for you. Candidates should also be prepared to travel to various sites in there own transport.

Note there are only 6 places available for this course.

Level 1 Local Cave & Mine Training Course, 12-14 December 2016

Cost: £225

Venue: Lledr Hall OEC & Alun Valley, Mold

Director: Dave Baines

This 3 day course will cover the Level 1 Local Cave and Mine Leader Award syllabus as outlined in the BCA handbook.

Scallops and phreatic tube
Scallops and phreatic tube

During the course candidates will look at the skills required to lead groups in horizontal cave and mine systems under the LCMLA scheme. During the first 2 days candidates will look at the outline of the LCMLA scheme, geology and mining processes associated with both metal and stone mines with a particular emphasis on those found in North Wales, risk identification and management, navigation underground, personal and group kit, and simple rope techniques through a series of classroom and practical sessions, including at least 2 trips underground.

The third day of this course will focus on cave exploration and geology implementing the skills covered in the mine environment to caves together with the different risks associated with the cave environment.

There are no prerequisites to attending this training course, other than registering with the BCA LCMLA scheme (which must be completed before attending), however candidates should be comfortable exploring underground to get the most out of the 2 days.

Candidates should provide their own lunch and personal protective equipment for the course, including appropriate helmet and light, broad/load bearing belt and cows tails (made up of good quality dynamic rope). Replacement rope for cows tails will be available to purchase during the course, but please get in touch in advance so we can get these for you. Candidates should also be prepared to travel to various sites in there own transport.

Note there are only 6 places available for this course.

Level 1 Local Mine Training Course, 14-15 December 2016

Cost: £150

Venue: Oaklands OEC

Director: Pete Knight

This 2 day course will cover the Level 1 syllabus as outlined in the BCA handbook.

LCMLA Mine Leader Training
Assisted hand-line underground

During the course candidates will look at the skills required to lead groups in horizontal mine systems under the LCMLA scheme. During the 2 days candidates will look at the outline of the LCMLA scheme, geology and mining processes associated with both metal and stone mines with a particular emphasis on those found in North Wales, risk identification and management, navigation underground, personal and group kit, and simple rope techniques through a series of classroom and practical sessions, including at least 2 trips underground.

There are no prerequisites to attending this training course, other than registering with the BCA LCMLA scheme (which must be completed before attending), however candidates should be comfortable exploring underground to get the most out of the 2 days.

Candidates should provide their own lunch and personal protective equipment for the course, including appropriate helmet and light, broad/load bearing belt and cows tails (made up of good quality dynamic rope). Replacement rope for cows tails will be available to purchase during the course, but please get in touch in advance so we can get these for you. Candidates should also be prepared to travel to various sites in there own transport.

Note there are only 6 places available for this course, and will only run if there are at least 4 candidates on the Lledr Hall based course.

Level 2 Local Mine Training Course, 14-15 December 2016

Cost: £185

Venue: Oaklands OEC

Director: Gethin Thomas

This 2 day and one evening training session will cover the Level 2 syllabus as outlined in the BCA handbook. During the course candidates will look at rigging and managing traverse, abseil, ladder and tyrolean for both group and personal progression in vertical cave and/or mine systems. In addition there will be an evening session looking at personal SRT skills.

Candidates should provide their own personal protective equipment for the course, including appropriate helmet and light, harness and cows tails (made up of good quality dynamic rope). SRT kits, and replacement rope for cows tails will be available to hire/purchase during the course, but please get in touch in advance so we can get these for you.

Note there are only 8 places available on this course

Cave to Mine Transfer, 16th December 2016

Cost: £90

Venue: Oaklands OEC

Director: To be confirmedLMLA_Training_Oaklands_Sept12_007

This single day course would be suitable for those who already hold the level 1 or level 2 cave leader award and would like to lead groups in mines. This one day training (candidates will need to present for assessment at a later date) will cover the hazards, geology, and mining processes including an underground exploration of either a metal or stone mine.

Note there are only 6 places available on this course

Personal SRT training, 16th December 2016

SRT Session
SRT Session

Cost: £55

Venue: Oaklands OEC

Director: To be confirmed

This single days courses would be suitable for those wanting to brush up their personal SRT skills, or prepare for the SRT for leader module for Level 2 candidates. The day will be tailored to attendees, focusing on efficient progress up and down ropes, navigating rebels and deviations.

Candidates should provide their own personal protective equipment for the course, including appropriate helmet and light, harness and cows tails (made up of good quality dynamic rope). SRT kits, and replacement rope for cows tails will be available to hire/purchase during the course, but please get in touch in advance so we can get these for you.

Note there are only 6 places available on this course

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