The Mountain Skills (MS)
The MS training scheme is for hill walkers. The course provides all the basic skills required to walk safely and competently in Ireland, when accompanied by people of similar ability. The training does not include leadership skills /techniques. It is suitable for near beginners to those with considerable experience. Topics covered include route planning, equipment, map reading, navigation techniques, movement on steep ground and coping with emergencies. Typically the training is divided into two blocks MS1 and MS2, each run over a two-day period.
Outdoor First Aid
A two or three-day course* that is recognised by the MLTUK, BOS, BCU, RYA and other outdoor governing bodies. On this course we focus on dealing with incidents far from medical help with the minimal equipment you would carry while participating in or leading outdoor activities. Again the emphasis is on practical skills with plenty of hands-on practice including lots of outdoor scenarios. This course can be tailored to the requirements of special interest groups, for example climbers, mountain leaders, paddle sports instructors or dive masters.
*Please note – for some Irish Mountain Training Board qualifications, a three day course is required.
The Walking Group Leader Award (WGL)
The WGL trains and assesses people in the skills required for leading walking parties on the easier hills in Ireland and Britain. This award is below the level of the ML, as the terrain for WGL is limited to non-mountainous areas that do not have steep or broken ground. Before registration, WGL trainees must have a minimum of one year’s walking experience and must have logged at least 20 walks in suitable terrain. Training includes group management skills, navigation, understanding upland hazards, awareness of environmental issues and more. Training and assessment courses are both three days.
First Aid Level 3
This three or four-day course* is suitable for those requiring full Health and Safety Executive/Authority first aid training for the workplace and covers the appropriate syllabus for first aiders at work. This course trains the first aider to manage an incident until professional medical care arrives. Covering all the topics outlined for level 2, the subjects are explored in more depth, with an emphasis on gaining a good understanding of the fundamental principles. This course also covers the legal aspects of first aid as applied to the workplace.
*Please note – HSE (UK) currently requires a 4-day training course; HAS (Ireland) currently requires a 3-day training course.
The Mountain Leadership (ML)
The ML scheme is intended for those who wish to lead others, particularly beginners or young people, across the mountains of Ireland and Britain. It is ideal for teachers, youth leaders and hike leaders in mountaineering clubs. Even for those without leadership ambitions, it is a useful way of learning more about topics such as navigating in difficult conditions or coping with steep ground, and overnight camping. Trainees must pass the Mountain Skills assessment before starting ML training (5 days). Trainees who complete the ML scheme and successfully pass a 3-day assessment are granted the ML award.
First Aid Level 4
This two-day course is designed for those playing or working in remote areas and builds on previous training. In order to provide tailored content, participants choose to specialise in either Rescue or Expedition streams. In order to attend a level 4 courses, participants are required to have completed a Remote Emergency Care level 2 course (or equivalent) within the last two years.