SPRAT L1

Target group

This course prepares the candidate for authorisation to SPRAT Level I. A candidate successfully passing the exam can carry out a large number of rope-technical techniques under the direct supervision of a Level III Supervisor.

Course Goals

On successfully passing the exam the candidate can:
Inspect his own equipment and rope system
Climb, descend and move between ropes in a 2-rope system
Assist in rigging and more advanced techniques under supervision
Carry out rescues where the victim is stuck fast in his lowering device
Understanding of systems with mechanical gearing

Content

Theory/Practical Exercise

Safety and Theoretical knowledge

The document Safe Practice for Rope Access work, and the Certification Requirements must have been read through. Understanding of relevant requirements of various authorities
Understanding of how the SPRAT Level I-III systems are constructed and the skills/responsibilities for each respective level
Understanding of different access methods and the risks they entail
Good understanding of how to fill out the logbook, equipment log and an understanding of risk analyses.
Understanding of "Safety checks"
Knowledge of consistent and correct interaction within the team
Knowledge and understanding of Access, Hazard and Safe zones.
Knowledge of inspection, use and limitations of equipment.

Knots and Rigging skills

Knots: figure-of-eight and figure-of-nine knots, double-eight , Alpine butterfly knot, Barrel knot and double fisherman's knot.
Rigging: Single anchor point and simple two-point anchors
Basic understanding of fall

Practical Rope Access

Climb/descend and negotiate an edge
Tool change, shift from descent device to rope clips
Pass over knots, rebelays and redirects
Change rope pair
Mast climbing: use of snap hooks with fall arrester, and an understanding of the most common fall protection systems.

Rescue

Understand the importance of a good rescue plan, action description and risk analysis.
Understanding of rope systems with mechanical gearing and tackle
Rescuing a person in distress using rope systems with mechanical gearing and tackle
Basics of lowering dead-load/humans

Miscellaneous

A certificate will be awarded after successful completion of the course. The certificate is valid for three years. Level 1 candidates can be allowed in to courses in combination for L2 and L3.

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Caroline Magnusson
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