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Single Pitch Award (SPA) Assessment

Location: Dartmoor
Price: £147 per person


The skills needed to supervise groups of novice climbers in potentially hazardous environments are different to those required to climb safely with friends.

Our Single Pitch Award Assessment (SPA) takes place in the Dartmoor National Park.  It provides training and assessment on how to organise and supervise safe, effective and enjoyable sessions for relatively novice climbers on single pitch crags and climbing walls. The courses are run under the Mountain Training (MT) umbrella.

The assessment courses are run over two days – normally a weekend, however additional courses are always being arranged. If the dates below do not suit you please contact us to get the latest dates.

Your Instructor
John Diplock MIA, is a member of the Association of Mountain Instructors and has many years of experience. He has climbed extensively throughout the UK as well as Spain, and Nepal. He is an SPA course provider for Mountain Training (MT).

Pre-requisites for the Course
You must have attended an SPA Training Course and be competent on severe grade rock. You should also have completed any group experience work recommend during your training course. You must also

Have led 40 routes, outdoors on leader placed protection (registered on DLOG).

Assisted with supervision of 20 climbing sessions at a variety of locations (registered on DLOG).

Hold a valid First Aid Certificate.

The courses are normally run from Powder Mills on Dartmoor. Most participants stay in Powder Mills Bunkhouse, however you are very welcome to camp or we can arrange alternative accommodation. If you are local you may wish to travel in each day.

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