Climbing Course
Units 206 306, and 308 (Formerly CS38 & 39) Tree Climbing and Aerial Rescue,  Aerial Cutting of Trees with a Chainsaw Using Free Fall Tecniques

This course lasts 7 days, spread over 2 weeks. Day one is classroom based, followed by 6 days of practical instruction in a woodland.
The course covers the accessing of trees through climbing using a rope & harness, carrying out recovery of both conscious and unconscious casualties, and the removal of single limb/parts of tree canopy to the complete removal of trees.
It is also about the removal of tree sections from the crown using free-fall or hand thrown techniques. You will learn to carry out a tree hazard evaluation and perform a ‘working at height’ assessments, to carry out cutting operations using appropriate access techniques, in line with the above assessment, from a rope and harness.

We recommend you bring any of your own PPE, Saw, Climbing equipment etc, that you have.

You must have approved Personal Protective Equipment (boots; trousers; helmet; face protection; ear defenders;) to use a chainsaw. If you need to hire PPE or other gear for the duration of the course,we can provide this for €50.00.

In accordance with the requirements of Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER) all your climbing equipment must be inspected every 6 months
You must have receipts and/or LOLER inspection documents for all your climbing equipment.

This course requires a good level of fitness, upper body strength, and a head for heights!

Course aims

  • Be able to work safely
  • Be able to access a tree using a rope and harness
  • Be able to move around a tree using a rope and harness
  • Be able to carry out aerial rescue operations
  • Understand how to carry out aerial cutting of trees with a chainsaw using free-fall techniques
  • Be able to carry out aerial cutting of trees with a chainsaw using free-fall techniques
  • Understand relevant health and safety legislation and industry good practice

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Climbing assessment

Aerial cutting assessment