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The Complete Ropes Course Manual (Book)

Edition: 4th   Authors: Karl Rohnke, Don Rodger, Jim Wall, Catherine Tait   Pages: 428   © 2007 

The Complete Ropes Course Manual serves as a checklist of procedures, techniques, and responsibilities for Ropes Course facilitators. With this guide, you can review current operational equipment, expand your list of processing questions, manage your course safely, update staff training, and add to the experiential learning cycle. 

Table of Contents:


1 Overview 

Introduction to the Ropes Course 
Ropes Course History 
Indoor Ropes Courses 
Karl's Historical Perspective 
Facilitator Competencies 
Operational Guidelines 

2 Safety and Equipment

Practice, Practice, Practice! 

3 Rescues

Rescue Equipment 
Rescue from Dynamic Belay 
Rescue from Static Belay 

4 Maintenance and General Inspection 

Part I: Environmental 
Part II: Wood Items and Telephone Poles 
Part III: Metal Items 

5 Knots 

6 Taking Participants Through the Course 

Preparation and Staffing 
General Staff Preparation Check List 
High Course Operations Check List 
Low Course Operations Check List 
Opening and Closing 

7 Facilitation 

Processing Levels 
Processing by Way of the Experiential Learning Cycle 
A Model of Ropes Course Group Development 
Facilitator Characteristics 
Commitment Agreement 
Useful Beliefs about People on the Ropes Course 
Processing Issues and Related Questions 
Handling Difficult Situations 

8 Including Participants with Disabilities: Concepts and Planning Strategies 

Philosophy of Inclusion and Universal Design 
People with Disabilities: Attitudes, Terminology, Types 
Activity Analysis and Activity Adaptation/Modification 
Techniques for Inclusion 
Considerations with Diversity: Challenging Comfort Levels 

9 Including Participants with Disabilities: Technical and Safety Operations 

Design Criteria for Inclusion 
Specific Design Considerations 
Technical Operations 

10 Elements 

Karl's Games and Initiatives Reference List 
Index of Low and High Course Elements 
Generic High Ropes Course Considerations 
High Ropes Course Elements 
Low Ropes Course Elements 

Appendix I 

Index of Ropes Course Program Forms 
Contract Course Notes 
Information Letter 
Informed Consent for Challenge Ropes Course 
Assumption of Risk and Informed Consent 
Voluntary Release Form 
Participant Information and Release of Liability (Adventureworks, Inc.) 
Applicant Information and Release Form 
Medical Information Form 
Accident Report 
Ropes Course Equipment 
Ropes Course Evaluation 
Facilitator Hour Log 
Facilitator Workshops and Training Log 

Appendix II 

Ropes Course One-Day Schedule 
Ropes Course Two-Day Schedule 
Ropes Course Pre-Meeting Schedule 

Suggested Reading List 

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