Kloofing Leader Award

Instruction Duration:
4 days
Consolidation Period:
Assessment Duration:
2 days


  • Equipment usage and care
  • Trip planning and logistics
  • Group leadership and management techniques
  • Advanced kloofing ropework techniques
  • Supervising novices in kloofing
  • Prevention and management of injuries and illnesses common to kloofing
  • Water rescue techniques
  • Managing kloofing emergencies
  • Rescue structures in SA
  • Outdoor leadership and the law
  • MDT and NQF training and qualification structure and skills
  • Scope and remit of the qualification

The award does not cover:

  • The skills needed to approach and retreat from remote mountain crags
  • Installation of fixed anchors
  • Abseils that involve intermediate stances or rebelays
  • Kloofing that involves lead climbing
  • Advanced techniques that are considered risky
  • Canyon exploration considerations
  • Formal canyon rescue


4 days

Courses (and associated assessment) aimed at the abseiling, hiking and rock climbing supervisor responsible for group activities.

Courses are designed to flow in a complimentary system toward each level. Some systems (R.I.A / K.I.A) require additional modules as their scope of operation overlaps with those programs. For example a Rock or Kloofing Instructor requires Walking Group Leader as a supplement. Likewise an M.I.A can have Kloofing exclusion.


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