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Self Rescue Level 1

Self Rescue Level 1

Ever had an epic?  Don’t start now!  Dress for success by learning the basics of mobility in a vertical environment.

This two day course covers the fundamental concepts of self rescue and lays the foundations for more complex procedures.

Learn how to ascend a rope using only cord and carabiners, abseil without a harness or belay device and cruise your way out of some tricky climbing situations. These skills set you up for the more advanced rescues in Self Rescue 2.

This short course can be the first in a progression towards traditional and multi-pitch climbing, canyoning and abseiling. It is also excellent for photographers who want to capture great shots in vertical locations.

Read more about Self Rescue 1 on our blog.


  • Previous climbing and/or abseiling experience
  • Some familiarity with basic climbing knots including figure 8 on a bight, rethreaded figure 8, overhand, clove hitch and prusik knot
  • There are no other pre-requisites, but your instructor will contact you before the course to chat about your experience, interests and aspirations to make sure this is the right course for you

2 Days $500 per person incl GST

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This course gives you the skills and knowledge you need to:

  •   Safely ascend and descend a rope using a back-up safety system
  •   Efficiently transition from descending to ascending and vice versa
  •   Recognise, prevent, respond to and solve the most common abseiling problems that require self rescue or ascending
  •   Make wise decisions in an outdoor cliff environment
  •   Untangle some of the most common myths related to movement on rope

What’s provided:

  • Free download of full course notes
  • Pre-course chat with your instructor
  • All personal abseiling equipment*
  • Abseiling hardware (ropes, draws, cams, wires, hexes and lots more)
  • Course completion certificate (by request)

What you need:

  • Transport to the crag. Locations vary, but most courses are within a 20 minute drive from Blackheath, Blue Mountains. Transport options are available on request
  • Lunch (unless specifically listed)

* We encourage you to bring your own harness and any other abseiling equipment you have.  If you don’t have anything, no worries, we can fit you out from scratch.

When you book we will send you more information about where and when we meet and what to bring.

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