Dancing With Trees,
Recreational Tree Climbing
with Genevieve Summers and associates
| DRT Facilitator Training Course Outline
Phase One starts
with a 4- day course.
One prerequisite is the
2-day Basic Tree Climbing
lasts 6 to
1) Select a safe tree to be
used in the course.
2) Complete the application process for trainees.
3) Begin the four days of training as follows:
- Review and practice basic
tree climbing skills..
- Learn a secondary safety
system using a separate rope. This is for positioning and safety
while rigging ropes for group climbs.
- Learn both vocal and
physical rescue techniques.
- Learn to rig a tree for
climbing experiences. Learn where to hang the ropes to position
them, and how to create a safe climbing site.
- Learn distinctions among
high, low, group, and individual climbs.
- Learn key factors: height,
positioning, and how to choose the best and safest branches.
- Practice teaching sessions.
- Practice managing a climbing
- Learn how to teach kids to
climb up and down the rope safely.
- Learn use of supportive
- Learn to facilitate
activities in the tree such as the "bat hang" and
- Make rescue scenarios.
In the morning, observe
instructor run a group climb for six first time climbers. Debrief.
In the afternoon, trainees rig
a tree and run a second group climb for first time climbers. Each pair
of trainees leads six climbers. Debrief. Make any needed changes.
In the morning, trainees rig a
tree and run a second group climb for different first time climbers.
Again the ratio is six climbers for each pair of trainees.
In the afternoon, we work on
whatever trainees need.
Two: Facilitator Course Follow
1. Complete the
requirements within 18 months.
2. Keep accurate records. Maintain a personal climbing log, group
climbing log, rope log, incident/accident report, and a tree inspection
form from a certified arborist for designated group climbing tree.
3. As a Level 1 Facilitator during this internship period, you may
conduct Fixed Climbs with no more than three climbers per facilitator.
4. Maintain liability insurance.
5. Maintain current CPR and First Aid certification.
6. Complete 25 personal climbs.
7. Lead a minimum of 10 group climbs
8. Instruct a minimum of 75 first-time climbers on how to climb up the
rope and rappel down.
9. Practice Rescue every six months.
10. Final evaluation includes:
a) Conduct a group climb at the Instructor’s site, or send a video of
yourself conducting a climb at your site.
b) Send a copy of all your logs and records to your instructor for
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