Logbook 32 Paperwork, Learning, First time running session abseiling

Logbook 32 Paperwork, Learning, First time running session abseiling, Long weekend !

Friday 7th/10/2016, This weekend is the last weekend of training/tutorial assistance for Cert III class.

Friday is an additional session that was not originally scheduled, I Handed in all my Paperwork and assessments, Filled out some missing things.

I typed up two Activity plans one i emailed to Tom to check on Wednesday night, and another revised one today to get checked,

Martin was very nice in checking my activity plan for Sunday today and we discussed a lot of issues:- Have to redo again due to a few factors:-

  1. Not enough skilled / qualified Staff given to me = Need more staff 

Solution = Andy is coming early in the morning to help Rig, Thanks to Andy, then he will run his session in the afternoon. (Will make sure Ropes are ready for Andy! ) 

  1. Ropes – Rope wash counts worked out to be through the roof = to much use!

(A large group of 22 clients – need to make sure ropes are washed, afternoon session is 21 clients as well huge day)

Notes for myself to remember :- Only allowed 1200 units per rope = Remember total units = (# climbs/abs) multiplied by the height

Clients should normally have 2 or 3 goes on the 20 meter cliffs – work out the maths for how many clients i have to how much rope units!

Solution = Rig x4 33 Ropes , – (Do not use 66 meter ropes on 20s only on the 50 meter abseil ) After morning session is finished i will make sure the 33 ropes are turned top to tail – rotate rope to make even wear on ropes. (Save wash Units )

3rd time typing up the activity plan for my session on Sunday 9th (Hopefully 3rd time lucky) Thank you to Martin for discussing theses issues all are noted and to remember in future.

Saturday 8/10/2016

Today was Vertical Rescue, Hailing and first aid more practise,

Rigging abseil/climb
Knot bypass on ascent
Top belay rescue scenarios

Today was awesome went through a lot,. i teamed up with zoran.

I rescued Z – Man – Zoran I choose to do this because it is more of a real life situation! Im not always going to be able to partner someone my size and weight. (I know im small )

Rescuing a bigger / heaver person than me, (More likely to happen i think!)  I think its very imporant to not only be able to save some one my size, but be able to do the same for a bigger person than me, otherwise who is going to do it ?

I saved Zoran!

Things to improve on would be the first part to get over the edge is really hard, The weight pulling on my harness to start with and feeling myself want to be pulled into the wall, need to push off the wall more with feet and legs, Not sure how to improve on that , pracitise more rescues, get stronger bit of both, Also to keep my leg loop prussik down and do not let it get caught. The one thing that made it hard is when there is a over hang on the wall and its a bit of a jump / swing to the next part because i have the extra person who im rescuing pulling me down its easy to loose balance and get distracted from the leg loop prussik.

But i managed to put my leg up and get the leg loop down lucky! something to work on when doing a hard rescue!

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Saving Zoran, Tandam Abseil

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LEAD UP to Sunday my first running of an session

Issues, So many issues with planning this activity plan for

Sunday 9th /10/2016 So I have taken a lot of notes to try and avoid all this again!

 Wednesday Tom text me the staff I have and details, I sent 1st plan which had a few issues on Wednesday night

 1st plan done up

Tom’s notes were, to improve and change:-

Ok. I had a read through, here are a few points: – The big loose rock has been bolted in place, so all good – We have 2 x 33m kits and 2 x 66m kits. – Evacuations not possible from the 20s? Are you talking about unconcious people? You will have to specify this if its in the plan. (Can come down to a case by case basis) – 3 ropes on the 20s? Or 4? Have a think about it – Ideally we want to be abseiling by 9.15 on the 20s… and starting to go off the 50s by 11 – We can leave the 33s rigged for the arvo session, so can save some time there – We will need to leave Nick behind to packup the 66s and take them back across to the 20s for the next session. (He is rostered on fof the arvo) That might seem like a lot, but your plan is looking good!

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2nd Plan done up

Martin was very nice in checking my activity plan for Sunday today and we discussed a lot of issues:- Have to redo again due to a few factors:-

  1. Not enough skilled / qualified Staff given to me = Need more staff 

Solution = Andy is coming early in the morning to help Rig, Thanks to Andy, then he will run his session in the afternoon. (Will make sure Ropes are ready for Andy! ) 

  1. Ropes – Rope wash counts worked out to be through the roof = to much use!

(A large group of 22 clients – need to make sure ropes are washed, afternoon session is 21 clients as well huge day)

Notes for myself to remember :- Only allowed 1200 units per rope = Remember total units = (# climbs/abs) multiplied by the height

Clients should normally have 2 or 3 goes on the 20 meter cliffs – work out the maths for how many clients i have to how much rope units!

Solution = Rig x4 33 Ropes , – (Do not use 66 meter ropes on 20s only on the 50 meter abseil ) After morning session is finished i will make sure the 33 ropes are turned top to tail – rotate rope to make even wear on ropes. (Save wash Units )

3rd time typing up the activity plan for my session on Sunday 9th (Hopefully 3rd time lucky) Thank you to Martin for discussing theses issues all are noted and to remember in future.

Saturday 8/10/2016 day before my session that im running and orien may not be able to make it because of his car, (crash) didn’t make it today.

Asked Jo to come in the morning and help out rig with Andy.

Phoned Tom arranged,

This was all worked out until about 4pm getting home.

*Phone call from jo saying Orien can make it but needs a lift from Brisbane up, and can she no longer wants to go in the morning could I possibly rearrange to my other plan.

*Had to get orien’s number, phoned him worked out to meet at KP and I’ll pick him up from the café at 5:30am to get to mt Ngungun for 7am as he is rigging.

*Rang Jo back up and said she can have the morning off but she needs to use that time to practise her briefs and all her skills for the afternoon session.

(She was happy she had the morning off)

*Messaged Tom again on update and all hopefully finally organized!

Get another message at 10pm, Night before and Orien has arranged his own transport.

 Sunday 9th /10/ 2016

My First time running a session!

On the Day Notes :- 

22 clients meant to arrive had 21 clients show up on the day,

Ashleigh (student) didn’t show up.

A few young kids were clients and had to keep reminding them about the cliff edges, reminded parents about safety as well, especially moving over to the 50s, exposed cliff edges! and the separation issues. Families wanted to stay together, so made sure they went down

Tom did a tandem abseil with one of the kids he was afraid to go by himself, he gave it a good go before hand but i had to help lift him back up the cliff with Angela on top belay. Was a great idea by Tom and the parents and child enjoyed it very much.

Angela did really well with the demo on the tree for abseiling and her OH&S Brief but ……A few issues with harnesses,  most students got on there top belay rig before all clients were ready in there harnesses and safety gear, Jason and i were left to do a lot of clients harnesses, with 21 clients that showed up and only two of us doing harnesses. *This needs to change, all students need to get client harnesses on before getting on there top belay rig.

*Students need to make sure they have all gear with them when they move across to the 50s to rig! Do not leave gear back at the 20s and have to go and get it , this slows things down! need gear to rig and have safety lines for both clients and who ever is rigging!

Summary:- I found running the session very stressful to be honest, after so many changes to the plan, (some my own fault with the wash counts, rigging) but others with staff issues, staff messages/ calls, 10pm message trying to organize night before, by the time my morning shift had finished i honestly just broke down and felt overwhelmed, not really sure at this stage how i feel about being a team leader and leading.

I don’t think it matters who runs a session, all students need to make an effort to help out and understand when they are told what the plan is they try and stick to it, make it work. Also not to just do what the plan says wouldn’t hurt to look around and help if others need it , harnesses example!  Try and relate it to when they will run a session themselves, would they like all the changes?  We are all here to help each other just felt some students need to remember this. which i will need to brief fellow students on. 

Everything else went well on the day.

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