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Abseiling - Artificial Surfaces - Short Courses

What is Abseiling on Artificial Surfaces?

Abseil - Artificial Surface: to descend a vertical, manmade wall, by means of a rope threaded through a friction device, to aid in controlling the speed of descent, attached to a harness.

Artificial or manmade structures for Abseiling can provide a training or recreational activity that, when compared to a similar activity on a natural rock cliff, provides:

  • a more cost effective option
  • a more controlled environment with more predictable hazards and risks relating to access, egress and anchor points
  • local, easier and more frequent access, reducing environmental impacts
  • on-site logistic and medical support
  • a less abrasive environment to consumable equipment, maximizing the serviceable life of equipment;
  • flexibility of training and learning outcomes

What is the difference between single and multi-pitch?

In single pitch abseiling the descent would be no greater than one length of abseil rope. The participants access the top of the abseil and walk away from the bottom.

In multi-pitch abseiling the descent would be greater than one length of abseil rope and would require the leader to have a higher level of knowledge and skills to facilitate rope retrieval, anchoring and rescue options, if required. The participants access the top of the abseil, abseil to the bottom of that abseil, secure themselves at that location, retrieve the abseil rope (pull it down), re-rig the anchors and abseil again. 2 or more abseils in this manner is known a "multi-pitch" abseiling.


Skill Set / Short Course

maximum course duration: 6 months


SISSS00003 Guide Single Pitch - Abseiling Artificial Surfaces


SISSS00006 Instruct Single Pitch - Abseiling Artificial Surfaces


the OTC Difference

We guarantee we will run your course!

We GUARANTEE that if you ENROL we will RUN YOUR SELECTED COURSE- even if you are the ONLY PARTICIPANT!

Note: If you are the only participant, Face-to-Face training will be in the Sydney region. All other components are completed on-line.
Enrolment is required before you can book any of the training/ assessment dates.

Blended Flexible Training

The course is delivered via our web-based on-line learning in conjunction with face-to-face training sessions in the field, a flexible blended learning environment.

The course content focuses on key skills that develop your knowledge so that you can successfully plan and deliver an outdoor recreation activity. This may include developing skills in risk management, navigation, weather interpretation, environment factors, health and safety, emergency response and overall planning skills in a wide range of work environments. These are all completed in the context of your selected activities and the online theory component of all courses

The face-to-face training and assessment is conducted in various locations throughout Australia and is based upon demand. The activity calendar is regularly updated, (every 3 months) to reflect current enrolments. The calendar is on-line allowing students to view and select their own training/ assessment session within their course time frame.

Course Pre-Requisites & RPL and Credit Transfer

Course Pre-Requisite: Provide First Aid

First Aid: This must be a current first aid qualification. Note: CPR is renewable every 12 months to keep your "Provide First Aid" current. The Provide First Aid is renewable every 3 years. This is a requirement outlined by Safe Work Australia.

RPL and Credit Transfer

RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning) and or Credit transfer is available and you must meet the criteria associated with this process. Regardless of the assessment pathway undertaken the pricing structure remains the same.

Enrolment Requirements

This course has the following enrolment requirement:

  • Aged 18 or over (industry driven requirement), HSC or mature background.
  • It is desirable that participants have the physical attributes to participate in adventurous physical activities.
  • Participants are responsible for their own travel arrangements and any associated costs to and from face-to-face training and assessment sessions.
  • Have access to a fully-functional computer/smart device loaded with a web-browser (e.g. Internet Explorer, Firefox) and appropriate software applications to read PDF files (e.g. Adobe), produce documents (e.g. Microsoft Word etc)
  • Have access to a computer/smart device with reliable Internet access (ability to download and upload documentation from/to the College's online learning server)
  • Have a current valid email account for online learning and assessment communication and support;
  • Have a telephone and current valid telephone number for learning and assessment communication and support
  • Successfully complete all assessment tasks within the required timeframes.