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Posted on 04/04/2018

Safety Notice Dales Caves. Please download and read the full document below

Stability Issues at the Entrances to Yorkshire Dales Caves

Stability Issues at the Entrances to Yorkshire Dales Caves

To All it May Concern

It has been brought to our attention by various sources that there are potential stability issues in some of the entrances to led group caving/mine exploration venues in the North of England. The instability is a naturally occurring process, but may have been accelerated by the recent spells of very cold weather and the freeze/thaw process.

The venue in question currently is -

Runscar Cave – Runscar 4 Lower Exit

• This concerns specifically the lower ‘letterbox’ exit to Runcar Cave 4 • Continued deterioration of the downstream ‘letterbox’ exit • Large slab fallen in exit crawl and subsequently removed • Loose freshly cleared rock on the surface • Concern that ceiling height in the flat out crawl may be lowering

Overhead instability is a known hazard, particularly at entrances to underground venues, and after extreme weather events such as very heavy rain or very cold periods of snow and ice.

A reminder is given to all BCA Cave Leaders and Instructors, and recreational cavers alike, to be aware of the issues and to ensure that an adequate risk assessment of any caving activity venue is made on each and every visit, in line with advice given on training courses.

Graham Derbyshire Area Liaison Officer, Northern Panel BCA Local Cave and Mine Leader Assessment Scheme

Posted on 26/03/2018

The BCA’s Qualifications Management Committee (QMC) has a policy of fair and equitable allocation of courses as far as practicably possible, through the Local Panels and CIC Panel. These are itemised below for clarity.

LCMLA Training and assessment courses – candidates are free to choose any Trainer/Assessor (T/A) within the guidelines in the LCMLA Handbook. T/As can advertise their courses on the BCA website, but charges are not advertised.

CIC Training courses - candidates are free to choose any CIC T/A

CIC assessment modules – candidates choose their main assessor. BCA Training Administrator allocates the Module 2 assessor on a rota basis

LCMLA Update workshops – Local Panels allocate the provision of these to T/As on a rota basis CIC Update workshops – CIC Panel allocate these on a rota basis

Core Skills Reassessments (CSR)–candidates apply using the appropriate form. Once QMC agree a CSR is required the BCA Training Administrator allocates a local T/A( for LCMLA) or CIC T/A (for CIC) on a rota basis

LCMLA T/A Workshops – these are allocated to Local Panels to agree who runs these when required by QMC

Membership of QMC – Local Panels agree Area Liaison Officers (ALOs) who have a place on QMC. CIC Panel agree the reps they send.

The proposed route to appoint Chair and Deputy Chair (as noted in QMC minutes 26 2 18) is to advertise the positions to T/As in the near future and hold a recruitment exercise (to be discussed next meeting).

Membership of Local Panels – the appointment of new T/As has been handed back to Local Panels They are best placed to recognise the market requirements in their area

The BCA Training Administrator does not suggest specific T/As to prospective cave leaders.

Posted 16/03/2017

New Charges From 01/01/2017

Please see the new charges for the LCMLA and CIC Schemes which come into force from 01/01/2017. We have managed to keep the charges static for some years now but are having to put them up in order to cover increased costs. Qualifications Management Committee.

LCMLA Registration £65.00
Combined LCMLA & CIC Registration £85.00
CIC up-grade from LCMLA Scheme £25.00
LCMLA Revalidation Workshop Fee£80.00
LCMLA Core Skills Reassessment£200.00
CIC Revalidation Workshop£80.00
CIC Modules Exemption Application£30.00
LCMLA Training Exemption Fee£40.00
LCMLA Combine Modules 2 & 4 Fee£50.00
LCMLA Additional Cave and/or Mine Sites£25.00
New Logbook£15.00
Re-issue of report pages£15.00
New Logbook and report pages£20.00
Replacement Section 5 £20.00

Posted 22/04/2016

LCMLA Revalidation Workshops. |

As from 01/07/2016, if you have caves and or mines on your certificate or wish to add new ones from an area other than that in which you are going to revalidate, you must contact a Trainer Assessor from that area to agree that those sites may be on your new certificate after revalidation. The revalidation workshop leader will ask to see evidence that this has been done – such as an email. Contact details for all Trainer Assessors can be found here lcmla_ta