On Tuesday the 11th of September the Certificate IV in Outdoor Recreation students donned their instructor hats and took the ‘Nunatak’ Adventure Guiding Class for a day of River Crossing training.
The Derwent River (at the Plenty Railway Bridge) provided an excellent setting to practice a variety of solo and group crossing techniques, as well as whitewater swimming. The infamous artificial strainer was set up in two locations, but it didn’t quite live up to its fearsome reputation as all the Adventure Guiding students negotiated it with ease. The day ended with a convoluted “scenario” involving a broken femur, asthma, a daring white-water rescue and an impending job interview (which the leader thought was real!).
Certificate IV in Outdoor Recreation students hit the bush again recently. The vibes were high and the snow flakes were falling. The students spent the four days consolidating off track Navigation skills such as walking on a bearing, interpreting micro features in the landscape and observation of vegetation changes.
The group split in to two teams, and were lucky to be accompanied by Instructor and legend Sue Beaumont and Teachers Assistant and champion Ash Kestle.
The Certificate IV in Outdoor Recreation students recently headed to the East Coast for two days of Off-track Navigation.
In the Wielangta State Forest, students honed their navigation skills in challenging (scrubby undergrowth) yet beautiful floristic structure with large eucalyptus towering above. We had originally planned a four-day trip to the Central Plateau, however a gale warning prevented that.
Students and instructors also had to deal with the giant leeches. Yeech!
Thanks to all students that attended and Renee and Sue for imparting their navigation knowledge.
Last month, the Certificate IV Outdoor Recreation students got kitted up and hit the Tassie Mountain Biking trails for the first time this year.
Four excellent days were spent learning the fundamentals of Mountain Biking in a guiding context, these skills were tested with some laps around Glenorchy and Clarence Mountain Bike park. The trip ended on a high consolidating some of our new-found skills on the Clarence Mountain Bike Park PUMP TRACK!
Special thanks to Gemma Gooley and Richard Guy for a very well planned first week on the trails!