The Association of mountaineering Instructors takes CPD seriously and for some years now they've been providing workshops for Trainees working towards Assessment. Today I was out with Dave, Dave and Andy looking at ways of structuring sessions to teach climbing. We started with some paper exercises creating a list of all the things someone needs to master to become a competent lead climber and then I gave them some sample pairs of students and asked them to plan a day's climbing to help these fictional climbers progress. Then it was out to Glen Nevis where each of the 3 took a turn going through the physical motions of organising the rope work and stances and choosing what to teach, when and how, right down to working on some of their verbal 'scripts' for common things they'll have to coach.
It stayed dry and the midges although present weren't too bad (an occasional breeze and a bit of Smidge helped enormously!). Can't complain about that!
Dave on Pinnacle Ridge
Andy, Dave (the other one) and Dave
Dave on 3 Pines
Repton's Right Hand and a challenging stance