Vertical Mobility Self Rescue Course

ABOUT THE course

This course is recommended for recreational abseilers, If you are planning on heading out in the wilderness on your own to go abseiling, then prepare your self with some skills that may just save your life.

The vertical rescue course is perfect for climbers of all levels of experience from recreational top rope climbers, lead climbers, experienced climbing guides and group leaders such as outdoor recreation and education facilitators, climbing club leaders and youth program leaders.

Realistic scenario based training in self-rescue incorporating a series of possible scenarios.

Self Study – Pre Course Requirements
All Trainees will be required to Download and Complete the required documents for your course.
All of our courses have a set of  Study and Exam Materials that are required to be completed Prior to the Practical training phase.
Day 1 – Abseiling Skills – Self Rescue Skills
Identify safe access to and egress from the pitch
Determine descent and ascent route appropriate for conditions
Select anchors and assess condition, including performance under likely load and stability of surroundings.
Rig or establish multiple anchors, ensuring equalisation and minimise potential for shock loading.
Rig ropes to minimise effects of rope stretch and rub points and to allow efficient descent and ascent
Rig to minimise impact on the natural environment.
Select and tie appropriate knots, and rig ropes suitable for load and function within the belay system.
Set up anchors and ropes to allow for a rescue
Select an abseiling and belay system suitable for the abseil, environmental conditions and participant.
Establish a belay from which belayer is independent of the system.
Establish a belay that maintains safety of belayer and abseiler
Choose a belay device suitable for the natural surface conditions and belayer
Determine need for, and establish, back up belay systems.
Minimise risk of cross loading and mis-alignment of carabiners.
Complete ABCDE safety checks according to organisational procedures
Construct an use Improvised Harness from tubular tape webbing – Improvised systems I.e. Munter hitch
Day 2 Self Rescue Cont…
Descend and ascend a pitch using single rope techniques.
Attach and adjust belay equipment to self and tie knots suitable for the established belay system
Descend and ascend a fixed rope efficiently, using and adjusting techniques suitable for circumstances.
Safely approach, avoid or negotiate hazards to descend and ascend in a controlled manner.
Utilise techniques and equipment to adjust the single rope rig.
Choose optimum position and complete safe and efficient changeovers between descending and ascending.
Use techniques that minimise damage to equipment and the surface during activities.
Determine need for self rescue, assess situation and identify suitable techniques to resolve.
Carry out complex self rescue and negotiate obstacles  I.e. Knot Bypass – while maintaining personal safety according to organisational policies and procedures.
Anticipate hazards and utilise techniques to approach, avoid or negotiate throughout self rescue.
Implement extrication techniques to release from compromised situation.
Maintain personal safety throughout rescue operations.
Day 3 Mechanical Advantage – Hauling Systems and Lowering Systems – Assessment Phase 
Identify situations  requiring the use of mechanical advantage systems  and determine the type of system required according to contextual issues and organisational policies and procedures.
Identify rescue techniques for complex situations and select a technique according to the degree of urgency, resources, rescuee status and personal ability.
Assess the situation and identify suitable obstacle avoidance or extrication procedures  according to organisational policies and procedures.
Establish communication with rescuee and provide clear and concise instructions and information throughout the rescue.
Operate a rescue system, demonstrating lowering and raising procedures to recover conscious persons in single pitch situations,
Maintain personal safety throughout rescue operations.
Trainees to perform skills alone and unaided
Complete reports on defective and or faulty equipment
If competency has been achieved trainees will finalise assessment verification documents and learner questionnaires.
Successful Candidates will receive a Nationally Recognised Statement of Attainment


  • Fixed Rope Climbing - Traditional Systems and Mechanical Devices
  • Knot Bypass during a Descent and Ascent ( Isolating a damaged section of rope )
  • Re - Anchoring a fixed line
  • Retrievable Abseil Skills - Joining ropes for retrievable systems
  • Mechanical Advantage - Hauling Systems
  • Releasable Abseil Systems - Rigging for Rescue
  • Duration: 3 days
  • Price: $870 pp
Next Dates
April 29th to May 01th
  • Mon 29: Mount Ngungun
  • Tue 30: Mount Ngungun
  • Wed 01: Mount Ngungun
  • Duration: 3 days
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  • Price: $870 pp
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May 20th to May 22th
  • Mon 20: Point Glorious Lookout
  • Tue 21: Mount Tinbeerwah
  • Wed 22: Mount Ngungun
  • Duration: 3 days
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June 03th to June 05th
  • Mon 03: Mount Ngungun
  • Tue 04: Mount Ngungun
  • Wed 05: Mount Ngungun
  • Duration: 3 days
  • Spots left: 6
  • Price: $870 pp
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