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Advanced Skills and Standards
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8/3/2020 to 8/6/2020
Where: Beverly, MA
United States
Contact: Keri Hinchion

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*Due to MA state traveler restrictions, we are only able to register participants from MA, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, New York, and New Jersey. Those are the only states that have been exempt from the required 14 day self-quarantine rule once arriving in Massachusetts.  This is for at least the summer workshop and could change.


This workshop (or equivalent) is pre-requisites for PA’s Level  2 and CCM exams    

Advanced Skills and Standards is the premier technical workshop in the field created to update the advanced practitioner or build the skills of the intermediate technical participant. It is an opportunity to fine-tune one’s critical skills and practice the rescue of people. An ideal opportunity to learn and practice the skills and knowledge needed before taking the Practitioner Certification Level 2 exam. Participants will: Gain an in-depth understanding of the risk management impacts of PA’s core foundational concepts (e.g., Challenge by Choice, Full Value Contract, GRABBSS) and learn leadership skills necessary to supervise a challenge course program; Be introduced to a variety of PA elements and equipment and review current challenge course industry norms and standards including state regulations, and Association for Challenge Course (ACCT) standards; Review the applications, storage, cleaning and retirement for a variety of equipment including harnesses, helmets, carabiners and other connectors, belay devices, ropes, self-belay lanyards and belay set-ups (pulleys, SRDs); Tie and utilize a variety of knots (foundational, intermediate and advanced) used in various applications on the challenge course; Be able to demonstrate proficiency with multiple belaying techniques and be able to instruct and supervise others in the correct use of these techniques; Show a working knowledge of challenge course structural components (e.g., bolts, cable, and rapid links) and knowledge of in-house inspection of your challenge course; Learn and practice high element course rescue techniques including belay escapes, assisted hoists and cutaway rescues.

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