Vertical Leader Training (previously Level 2 Training). November 11-13th 2020

Corona Virus...
This course has been rearranged due to the Welsh “firebreak” lockdown. Once out of the Welsh lockdown COVID restrictions for both England and Wales do not apply to these courses as they satisfy the criteria of a “reasonable excuse” to travel. Should the regulations change preventing the course from taking place, or prohibiting candidates from attending, candidates will be given the option of a refund in full or a place on the next available course.

Dates: 11th – 13th November 2020

Course Duration: 3 days

Cost: £300

Places: Course Full. See Panel Courses for December 2020

Venue: Various, North Wales

Director: Gethin Thomas

This 3 day course covers the Vertical Cave and/or Mine Leader (previously known as the Level 2) syllabus as outlined by the BCA, including SRT training, and Tyrolean Traverse for groups. 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.

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 purchase during the course, but please get in touch in advance so we can get these for you.

A full copy of the course description together with the assessment syllabus can be downloaded from the BCA website here:

Booking Form

You can book a slot directly with me here, or alternatively through the BCAs Qualification Management System once you’ve access to the system by clicking here.

Prior to attending this course you must be registered with the BCAs Qualification Management System. You can do this by clicking here:
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The Award Scheme is changing...
The BCA have updated the award scheme. Although the syllabus is remaining unchanged the award scheme has been tidied up a little and so “Level 1” is not more! The award has been renamed simply the Local Mine Leader (or Cave Leader) Award, with Vertical (and other) qualification added to you Mine (or Cave) certificate. Management of the scheme has been shifted on-line making for (hopefully) a easier scheme for candidates to navigate. For more information click here to visit the BCA website

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