Climbing (Challenge Courses - Low Elements)
Elementary - Curricular 2021
- Portable or Permanent Installation at a commercial or school/board site.
- Where students perform a series of activities either while working with others on initiative tasks or responding to personal challenges close to the ground.
- A low element course is one in which the only fall protection is spotting.
- Also consult Climbing (General Procedures).
- All of the equipment must be inspected by qualified on site ropes/challenge course personnel prior to the activity to determine that all of the equipment is safe to use.
- Clothing and footwear appropriate to the chosen activities and environmental conditions must be worn. Tops with drawstrings are not permitted.
- Exposed jewelry is not permitted.
- All of the challenge course low elements must have been originally installed according to the current edition of the ACCT Standards.
- A qualified Challenge Course Inspector must inspect all of the challenge course low elements annually. This inspection must use the most current edition of the ACCT Standards and be documented in a written report.
- Recommended maintenance to the challenge course low elements noted in the report must be appropriately addressed.
- There must be an adequate layer of wood chips at the base of any trees which support low challenge course elements to limit soil compaction.
- If indoors, the floor surface under the ropes must be covered with Velcro mats:
- cross-link foam 5cm (2”)
- open-cell foam 5cm (2”)
- polyurethane 5cm (2”)
- dual-density 5cm (2”)
- The mats must be checked regularly for wear and tear.
- Trained on-site personnel must inspect all of the challenge course low elements prior to use.
- Both the spotting path and the landing zone for all of the challenge course low elements must be cleared of debris and other obstacles prior to use.
- Completed medical forms for each participating student must be accessible.
- Prior to the first lesson, teachers must inform climbing instructors of students who have special needs.
- Risks involved with each activity and how to lower the risk of an injury from occurring must be communicated to students.
- Activity and course elements that are introduced must be based on skills that are taught and appropriate for the age, ability level, language and and experience of the students.
- Teachers, instructors and students must be aware of safety procedures.
- Students must be made aware of expectations as they relate to:
- emergency procedures
- signal to assemble
- boundaries for activities
- The low element challenge course must operate in accordance with the most current ACCT Standards. A qualified, designate Course Manager who is responsible for overseeing the staffing and operation is required.
- The low element challenge course must establish and follow local operating procedures (LOPS) for all elements.
- The LOPS must incorporate any recommendations made by the qualified Challenge Course Professional.
- Each activity that requires spotting needs the direct supervision of a trained instructor.
- When students are spotting, an introductory lesson that incorporates the following items must precede the activity:
- the instruction to step down rather than fall off elements
- the responsibility for another student’s safety
- instruction and repeated practice on:
- concept of spotting
- general principles for spotting such as stance and hand position
- communication and the climber/spotter contract
- specific instructions for the particular challenge course element
- When students have not been taught to spot or are not able to spot effectively, spotting must be performed by one or more trained instructors.
- Instructors must rotate spotters so that no one becomes physically or mentally fatigued.
- Instructors must address the effect of size differences between a potential low rope participant and his or her spotters when assessing the suitability of using student spotters.
- If low ropes course is outdoors, the school board’s lightning protocol must be shared with the operator/activity provider.
- Teachers, instructors and supervisors must be aware of the possibility of peer pressure and make sure no student is coerced into participating.
- Individuals who have been trained and can demonstrate the required instructor skills and who are 16 years of age or older can assist with instruction but must be directly supervised by a qualified instructor.
- On site supervision by both a teacher and qualified instructor(s) who must be present for all aspects of the program.
- Grades 1-3: 1 instructor per 8 students
- Grades 4-8: 1 instructor per 12 students
Applicable to All Installations and Sites
- All lead low element challenge course instructors must complete an annual training course taught by a qualified challenge course Trainer OR be currently certified in ACCT Standards as a challenge Course Practitioner (Level 1 or 2).
- Instructors must be trained in, understand, demonstrate and adhere to a directly relevant skill set for Challenge Courses (Low Elements). A relevant skill set is a described set of skills developed by recognized Challenge Course Professionals. This training must be directly applicable to the course/elements at the site. This training must be documented.
- All instructors must be at least 18 years of age or older to teach the introductory lesson and/or be an instructor.
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