Duke of Edinburgh Training Schedule 2016

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Here is the training schedule for those going on the April expedition. It is very important to attend all sessions. The first session is Thursday 3rd March 2016. The final session will be on 14th April 2016

. This will allow us time to do extra training if required.

Here is an outline of what you should know at the end of the training:

March 3rd session
First aid and emergency procedures
Training based on the current edition of the Authorised Manual of St. John Ambulance, St. Andrew’s Ambulance Association or The British Red Cross.
• Action in an emergency – resuscitation, airway, breathing and circulation.
• Recognition and treatment of hypothermia and heatstroke.
• The treatment of wounds and bleeding.
• Treatment for shock.
• The treatment of blisters, cuts, abrasions, minor burns and scalds, headaches, insect bites, sunburn, splinters.
• The recognition of more serious conditions such as sprains, strains, dislocations and broken limbs.
• Knowing what to do in the case of an accident or emergency.
• Summoning help – what people need to know, telephoning for help, written message.
• Getting help, self-help and waiting for help to arrive, keeping safe and warm, helping people to find you.An awareness of risk and health and safety issues
• Expedition fitness.
• Telling people where you are going.
• Identifying and avoiding hazards.
• Keeping together.
• Weather forecasts – knowing how, where and when to obtain weather forecasts, relating weather forecasts to observed conditions, looking for signs which will indicate changes in the weather.


March 10th session

Countryside, Highway and Water Sports Safety Codes
• Understanding the spirit and content of the Countryside Code.
• The avoidance of noise and disturbance to rural communities.

Observation recording and presentations
• Choosing an aim.
• Developing observation skills and different methods of recording information.
• Skills relevant to the method of presentation.
• Researching relevant information.


March 17th session

Navigation and route planning
The 1:25 000 scale Explorer maps, available for the whole of England, Scotland, Wales and parts of Northern Ireland, should be used as they make instruction and learning easier. They show the field boundaries, making it easier to locate precisely the footpaths, tracks and lanes used for travel in this type of country. Participants should also be familiar with the 1:50 000 scale Landranger maps.
Preparatory map skills
• The nature of maps.
• The use of 1:25 000 Explorer, 1:50 000 Landranger or the relevant maps in Northern Ireland and abroad.
• Map direction.
• Scale and distance, measuring distance, distance and time.
• Conventional signs
• Marginal information.
• Grid references.
• A simple introduction to contours and gradient.
• The ability to give a verbal description of a route linking two places from the map.

March 24th session
Practical map skills
• Setting the map.
• Locating position from the map.
• Determining geographical direction and direction of travel from the map.
• Checking the direction of paths using the set map.
• Identifying features in the countryside by using the map.
• Locating features marked on the map in the countryside.
• Planning a route, preparing a simple route card.
• Following a planned route.

March 31st session
Compass skills
The introduction of the compass at Bronze level should be at a basic level.
• The care of the compass.
• Direction from the compass in terms of the cardinal and the four intercardinal points.
• Setting the map by the compass
• Finding a direction

April 7th session

Campcraft, equipment and hygiene
• Choosing suitable clothing, footwear and emergency equipment and knowing how to use it.
• Choosing and caring for camping gear.
• Packing a rucksack or for waterborne expeditions a suitable waterproof container, waterproofing the contents, always keeping the weight down to a minimum, and about a quarter of the body weight when walking.
• A rucksack safe lifting technique.
• Choosing a campsite, arrangements for water, cooking and sanitation, refuse disposal, fire precautions.
• Pitching and striking tents.

April 14th session – plus kit check

Food and cooking
• Cooking and the use of stoves.
• Safety procedures and precautions which must be observed when using stoves and handling fuels.
• Follow the stove safety instructions.
• Cooking substantial meals under camp conditions.

The Expedition section involves participants working together as a team in order to complete the expedition. Teambuilding should permeate all expedition training and can be enhanced through team-building exercises and regular reviews so that when the group sets out on the qualifying expedition, participants are able to work together as an effective and cohesive unit.

We will be hopefully handing out expedition kit out on Thursday 21st April between 7 and 9pm. Your child will be given a time to come along to collect equipment.