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To pass your group day assessment I’d expect to see a well structured, educational, interesting, challenging and safe trip pitched at an appropriate level for your group, and taking into account any access agreements or conservation considerations for your venue. You’ll be expected to provide your own group for the day, and be assessed in the most challenging mine/cave on your proposed list.

Before your assessment

All assessments must now be notified to the BCA at least 7 days before the assessment. Please get in touch as soon as possible to arrange an assessment.

Before committing to an assessment I’ll need a copy of your S4B page from your previous (module 1, skills day) assessment as well as an overview of your personal exploration experience.

Make sure you’re thoroughly familiar with the caves or mines you’d like to lead groups in, and have recent logged experience of exploring mines or caves a little more challenging than those on your list.

Annotate a plan of each of the caves/mines you’d like on your list highlighting any

  • areas of potential interest to your groups (both geological and historical),
  • potential hazards, including an explanation of how you would manage them with your group (and make sure you illustrate this during your assessment!), and also  any
  • access arrangements or other considerations for your mine/cave

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Make sure you get these plans back to me within 7 days of your assessment. 

If you’d prefer we can arrange to talk about your list prior to your assessment, however I’ll still need an annotated plan (with the points of interest numbered) before having a discussion.

During your assessment

Bring your logbook! I’ll need to see your log book before the assessment so please have it with you.

Make sure you’ve packed the appropriate kit for yourself and your group, you’ll need to justify your kit choice so don’t just rely on using “the same kit as every other instructor” if you’re working at a Centre.

Plan your trip but be prepared to adapt it to your group. You’ll be asked to demonstrate good both spotting and rope work during the trip so plan that into your day.

Use your second/visiting staff effectively.

My focus is likely to be less on you, and more on the group. Do they look engaged & safe? Try to relax!