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Rock Leader Program - 6 Weeks, Thailand

Our specialised 6 week climbing camp in paradise

Duration

6 Weeks

Location

Thailand

Description

It's time to develop your rock climbing skills, interspersed with authentic cultural experiences, sustainable farm homestays, visit caves and kayak only climbing locations, camp, scuba, sunbathe and paddleboard, eat delicious Thai food and hang with the awesome local climbers and outdoor lovers. A holiday where you gain epic new skills, keep fit and get to explore... is there anything better?

You'll leave with your Rock Leader Qualification, a swathe of new mates from all over the world, and an absolutely unforgettable jungle and beach holiday experience of Thailand that not many tourists will ever see. Six weeks in paradise!

2021

4 January - 15 February

2021

14 June - 25 July

PROGRAM INFO

More and more people are looking for constructive holidays. Your time off work or away from study is precious, so you want to know that you are bettering yourself, learning new skills, meeting like-minded people and maybe exposing yourself to a potential new career option. 

 

This six week Rock Leader Program has been created to offer a climbing-specific program for those keen to travel somewhere beautiful and learn about the culture, and to really work on their rock climbing skills. It also will appeal to those who do not have the availability to attend our extremely popular full-length 12-week Adventure Guide Programs. The shorter timeframe also makes it a more economical option. 

 

As well as loads of fun, there will be some great challenges - as you push yourself to learn new practical skills, master knot tying, lead climbing, helping others work through fears and celebrate successes as a team. This is where the real feeling of achievement lies - in these small victories, the moments where you have breakthroughs after hours of practice, nailing certain climbs, or maybe stopping and taking in the unreal beauty of the mountain jungle villages or turquoise waters of the Andaman Sea. 

 

Much like our other programs, it won't be all about the outdoors and outdoor pursuits. There will be sightseeing and touring; personal development; community and social events; free time and plenty of opportunity for exploration.  

WHY THAILAND?

A land filled with beautiful mountains, jungles and unrivalled beaches, as well as some of the friendliest locals in the world, Thailand has long held its place as a favourite for people of all ages to visit.

We have chosen Thailand as the location for our 6-week Climbing specific Adventure Guide Program, as it offers not only some of the worlds best cuisine, sights and culture for all tourists to enjoy, it is also an internationally renowned climbing destination, from single pitch sport routes and some bolted multi-pitch routes, some in jungle and others right off the beach in the most magical of settings. It is also popular here to deep water solo climb - where you climb on overhanging rock over turquoise waters and simply let go and fall into the water when you get tired! Dreamy stuff. Come join us!

Includes

  • 6 weeks shared accommodation
  • 6 weeks food allowance
  • Experienced rock climbing instructors who know the area
  • Industry standard Rock Climbing Supervisor qualification
  • Introduction to rock climbing and equipment, top roping and progression to lead climbing
  • Sport lead climbing, lead single pitch with opportunity to continue to multi-pitch if conditions allow, consolidation of skills
  • Group facilitation techniques
  • Peer Assessment days - a chance to practice with your peers as clients, under supervision of your instructors

Prerequisites

  • English Language Fluency
  • Be 18-35 years old at time of commencement
  • Moderate or above level of fitness. All professional development and training is provided
  • Have a passion for travel, adventure, & tourism
  • A desire to accept challenges, a thirst for knowledge, a love of outdoor activities or for our natural environment
  • Be a social team player that enjoys helping others discover adventure!

Note spaces on this program are limited

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STRUCTURE

A diverse and exciting program designed to keep everyone interested and busy throughout their stay, balancing plenty of action, learning, social and free time.

WEEK 1: Orientation & Introduction to climbing

Orientation is a bit like your first week at college. You will get to know the local area, learn local customs and culture, get to know your program mates, and really absorb the plan for your program. Your Pure Exploration program leader will lead you on tours, challenges, games and practical tasks to help turn you into a team, immerse you in Thai culture and help you find your way around town!

Sawasdee and welcome to Thailand! You’ll land in the north of Thailand at Chiang Mai, an ancient city founded in 1296, surrounded by misty jungle-covered mountains and beautiful valleys. Renowned for its stunning markets, this city feels like authentic Thailand, so is the perfect place to start our journey, meet the team and start to learn about what your life will be like for the next 6 weeks!

WEEK 2, 3 & 4: Climbing, Climbing and more Climbing

Start your journey into the vertical world with an introduction to rock climbing & abseiling equipment, techniques and get hooked! You’ll start off on a top rope and progress to lead climbing, allowing you to gain skills in this awesome sport. Not to mention exploring some stunning local sights along the way!

We’ll continue to build on your first two weeks of skills, through an introduction to risk management, instruction styles and total competency at climbing briefs. During week four we’ll cover lead climbing, top-roping systems, abseiling, transitions, clifftop safety. This will give you comprehensive and thorough training ahead of your peer assessments and final exams.

 

WEEK 5: Client days

At this point of the program, we take it up a notch. It’s time to test your limits and push those new skills. We take you to a few more challenging locations where you’ll have to pull together as a team to get through, and where you’ll really start to see the value in ensuring processes are followed and back-up plans are in place!

You will be exposed to leading actual clients on climbing adventures where you practice your instruction style, gear knowledge and climbing skills. This is a great trial run for those of you who may be considering getting into the adventure tourism industry as a climbing guide. You’ll get real life experience of what it feels like to assess weather, assess client abilities and make their day as fun and informative as possible.

WEEK 6: ASSESSMENTS & PROGRAM WRAP!

The final piece in the program puzzle - your assessments with a certified assessor. If successful, you will pass your Rock Climbing Supervisor certification. We have found with most of our previous Adventure Guide Programs that students have found they are MORE than prepared for these assessments, as long as they did the work required throughout the program.

On completion of your assessments there will be some super fun wrap up sessions with the team, a suitably celebratory farewell for all your new best mates as you head back to different corners of the globe.

WHAT'S NEXT?

If you enjoy your time on program and would like to extend to the 12 week, you can always reach out to your Program Advisor to explore this option further. 

Other Pure Ex Programs
We have a number of exciting programs in a range of countries that you may be keen to experience. These include:

Expedition Leader Program - For those keen to push their skills in high alpine regions, and begin to specialise in altitude and advanced technical hiking. A global course that finishes in the Himalayas.

 

NOTES

This is a sample itinerary. Modules may occur in a different order due to weather conditions or scheduling requirements