NCC Coasteering Guide Award Assessment - completed it mate

NCC Coasteering Guide Award – Completed it mate!

CleopatraCoasteering, News, Pembrokeshire

Tessa and GazJ are jumping into their second season with Celtic Quest Coasteering. With over 400 hours of coasteering guiding experience each we knew that they would smash their assessment.

The NCC Guide Award is a new qualification launched on 1st April 2022. Historically there hasn’t been an all encompassing Coasteering qualification. Due to the huge variety of coastal environments and indeed the differing styles of coasteering across the UK, it has always been near to impossible to put together a ‘ticket’. Using the giant hive mind of the NCC (many many members with a squillion years of coasteering guiding experience), the NCC has finally launched the NCC Guide Award.
Successful candidates will still have to undergo site specific training and assessment for any venue they want to lead coasteering at, but this is a giant leap in the right direction for our activity. Needless to say Tessa and Gaz already have the signoff for coasteering at Abereiddy in Pembrokeshire.

The assessment was a game of two halves. The morning saw Tessa & GazJ leading a ‘normal’ coasteering session. Though there were a few oscar nomination worthy moments. John the assessor had tasked our guinea pigs (coasteering participants) to act out various scenarios like a broken ankle or panic attack. The afternoon was spent looking at rescues, emergency procedures, the timed swim, towing techniques etc.
A fantastic day was had by all, resulting in two Coasteering Guides now the proud holders of the NCC Coasteering Guide Award!

About the NCC
The National Coasteering Charter is an Advisory Organisation run by a committee with both national and regional representatives, all working together to ensure the best practices and representation of Coasteering in the U.K is being met by its members. With safety and regular communication among the coasteering community being paramount to their purpose they are the closest thing to a governing body the activity has.