South West Region

Interested in obtaining the new Lowland Leader Award?

.... from a circular by Squadron Leader Darren Butt, Regional Adventure Training Technical Officer (South West), intended to reach all those who would be interested in obtaining the new Lowland Leader Award.
What is lowland leader?
It's an NGB outdoor award that allows you to lead groups on day walks in low lying (non hilly/moorland or non mountainous) terrain. It sits alongside BEL and below HML (Hill & Moorland Leader formerly called Walking Group Leader).
Interested, then read on ..… please don't confuse this trawl with the recent one relating to the HML courses.
The intention is to roll out training and assessment courses within the South West as early as next spring.  However this will only be done if there being sufficient interest and demand.  In very high-level terms, LLA is achievable in only two weekends, that is, a training weekend and an assessment weekend.  You'll need 10-20 days of logged experience in order to attend training, unlike BEL, as the LAA assumes some prior knowledge. Those who wishing to lead low level expeditions would need to complete an additional one weekend expedition module which covers camping and night navigation.
At the moment we're simply doing the ground work, as registering to become a course director under the ACO's provider-ship isn't proving as simple as we were lead to believe. That said, I am exploring a couple of routes (using either NACATC staff or a freelance contact as a Course Director) but can only go so far without understanding what sort of demand can be expected.
At this stage I wish to hear from potential LLA candidates (direct email contact to please - no third party nominations!) and if the interest is sufficient I will develop plans further. Obviously this will be without commitment.
Regards, Darren

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