SNCS Level 3 Verification for Instructors

I will be conducting a SNCS Level 3 verification soon. In preparation for the course, we circulated the most updated verification syllabus amongst the instructors. Here’s a copy of it in case anyone of you need to get hold of it.

Level3instructor Verification Sheet_2014Jan

For those who want to take the verification, please note that it is a “peer” verification and not an assessment per se. So please do not treat us like assessors. We are just here like a neutral to make sure that you met the timings and all the standards before you go about conducting your courses.

Also, one thing to note is that the verifying instructor is not there to teach you how to do a counter balance abseil or how to pass a knot. The assumption here is that an instructor who wants to teach Level 3 should already have the competency to go research or figure out how the skill sets should be done. So personally for me, i am happy to share on another occasion, but not when i am a verifier.

Note also that there are many different methods to perform the two drills so there is no standard way of doing things. As long as it’s safe and you are able to achieve the objectives then we will likely sign off your forms. But please. Do not take the easy way out. I have seen instructors using brute force to transfer the victim’s weight. A day will come when you have such a heavy participant that you cannot move him physically, then you will wish you understood how to transfer the load properly. I guess the whole idea is to make sure that you can take care of your participants safely. So please don’t try to go around the system.

There. That should be all for the SNCS Syllabus. Now i wonder if the other volunteer-run webpage is updated already or not…. Maybe can just link to my webpage lah… At least instructors can still get their info.


PSA : Revised SNCS Level 3 Ratio

Hi all,

I would just like to create awareness that there has been some changes in the SMF SNCS Level 3 Instructor to Participant ratio.

I contacted the SMF representatives to clarify on the ratio because it was brought up to my attention that the SEACF website states that a similar Sport Climbing Level 3 multi-pitch course offered has an Instructor to Participant ratio of 1:4 whereas the last SNCS Level 3 syllabus circulated to SMF Instructors states that it is 2:8. The SNCS Level 3 syllabus are not posted on the SMF website which led to my query to the SMF to clarify this misalignment. Because if the SMF is a member of the SEACF, who do we then follow? The parent organisation’s ratio or the local organisation’s ratio?

The SMF got back to me promptly on my query and they have since clarified that the ratio for SNCS Level 3 courses has been updated to 1 : 4. The initial ratio of 2 : 8 was used at the beginning of the Level 3 course implementation because there was a need to build in some checks and balances in the system to ensure that the course was conducted safely and correctly. They have since decided to revise it to 1:4 now. They also acknowledge that the SMF website has not been updated and they will update it promptly.

I would like to share this information with the SMF Instructor community to raise awareness that this revision has taken place in light of the lack of updates from the SMF. If there are any issues on the instructor ratio raised in future, please feel free to contact me and i can direct you to the relevant people in the SMF to clarify on this matter.

Adrian See