Climbing Wall Award Abseil Module


The Climbing Wall Award Abseil (CWAA) module, is an optional module undertaken by those involved in the Climbing Wall Award scheme. It's aim is to train and assess people responsible for supervising abseiling from climbing walls. Some Climbing Wall Award Providers will offer the Abseil Module as part of the main training course if the facility they are planning to use is appropriate.

Is it for me?

As with all Mountain Training award schemes there is a registration process, which is done via the Candidate Management System (CMS).
  • To register you must be a member of a Mountaineering Council (The British Mountaineering Council or Mountaineering Scotland).
  • Register for the Climbing Wall Award (CWA). Registration is £44.
  • Register for the Climbing Wall Award Abseil module (CWAA). This Registration is free of charge.

Training

Before you book onto a Climbing Wall Award Abseil module training course, make sure you have done the following:
  • You must be registered on the scheme (see above)
  • You must meet the prerequisites for attending a Climbing Wall Award training course.

Abseil module training lasts for 4 hours and will be run by one of our approved Providers in the UK. Normally this will be part of a Climbing Wall Award training course, although occasionally it is run as a stand alone module. A variety of cost packages are available depending on what's included; food, accommodation etc. so you can choose one that's right for you.

You must have attended a Climbing Wall Award training course before going onto the Abseil module training. Likewise for the assessment, the main Climbing Wall Award assessment must be completed before going onto the Abseil module assessment.

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The Syllabus

Climbing Wall Award Abseil module holders should be competent in the following key areas, all of which will be covered, to a greater or lesser extent, during your training course.
  • Equipment
  • Belaying
  • Abseiling
  • Management of Groups Accessing the Tops of Walls
Detailed information on each of the above topics can be found in the Climbing Wall Award Handbook and the onus is on you to be competent in all of them by the time you come to assessment.

Consolidation

The period between training and assessment varies in length for each person and is an opportunity to develop your skills, paying particular attention to any weaknesses identified during the training course. You can use the excuse 'I'm preparing for assessment' to visit the wall as much as you like! And it's a really good idea to visit as many different walls as possible and try setting up abeiling systems in various different situations.

Assessment

Before you book onto a Climbing Wall Award Abseil module assessment course, make sure you have done the following:
  • You must have attended an Abseil module training course
  • You must have passed the Climbing Wall Award assessment