It is always a pleasure to pass on knowledge or skills that I have learnt over the years. Personally, I have done this for years in various situations, but the feeling I get once people understand and use what I teach them is one of the best I will ever experience.
This weekend I was doing just this whilst out in the Brecon Beacons running one of my Hill Skills Courses. The course is developed by Mountain Training to provide personal skills to individuals so that they can go out and enjoy the great outdoors safely.
My course usual starts with a quick introduction from each attendee, during this I want to understand their experience and what they really want to get out of the course. Whilst the course syllabus never changes this enables me to deliver bespoke training to meet the individuals needs.
The course syllabus:
- Walking Skills
- Clothing and Equipment
- Navigation in the Hills
- Environmental Knowledge
- Hazards and Emergency Procedures in the Hills
70, 20, 10 rule of learning states that 70% of learning comes from practice or experience, 20% comes from coaching or mentoring and 10% from formal lessons this is what I replicate during my training sessions. Minimise the time in the classroom, get out into the hills and get them to practice for themselves. On this basis the training starts with a theory session before heading out into the proper classroom, the hills and mountains of the Brecon Beacons!
The training is structured to increment the skills gradually through a short coaching session before allowing the individuals to try for themselves using a number of different methodologies as the situation dictates.
The result that lasts forever is when I ask an individual to lead a leg to a specific point on the map, they work out how far it is, how long to get there or how many paces and how they know that they are there. They then execute that leg without error and arrive at their destination, usually met by a grin and a nod of approval by me!
If you are interested in attending one of my skills courses check out my training course page where you can find further details.