Please find attached the minutes from this years Annual General Meeting held on 31st July 2019.
TCIA AGM 2019 Minutes
There were two significant points for existing members:
1) The requirement for all instructors that work on indoor climbing walls to hold the specific ICG qualification, due to the many idiosyncrasies encountered in the indoor environment (note: this has not been included by default in ‘outdoor’ qualifications for some years now). To facilitate existing members getting up to speed, the TCIA will allow TRA/SPG/MPG instructors to join any two day ICG training and assessment course that has available positions for just $100. This offer will be valid till the end of 2020, but don’t wait too long, as available positions will be limited.
2) Upgrading your “old TRA” to SPG. TCIA members that qualified as a TRA prior to 2013 were assessed to include some basic aspects of single-pitch climbing (but not all), as we did not offer a specific SPG qualification. This changed ~2013 when the SPG qualification was offered to bring us inline with other institutions throughout the country. All TRA qualifications since then have not incluced any aspects of single-pitch climbing. To aid those directly affected by this, the TCIA will be offering FREE assessment sessions for “old TRA” members to upgrade to the current SPG qualification during any assessment event where an assessment session is available. Once again this is a limited time offer, and must be redeemed by the end of 2020.
Please get in touch with the secretary ASAP to take advantage of these assessments.
6pm Wednesday 31 July 2019
As has become the norm, the TCIA’s Annual General Meeting will be held in the upstairs boardroom at The Republic Bar – 299 Elizabeth St, Hobart.
For those that can’t make it, we will endeavour to also have a skype/teleconference thing happening as well…. note the word “attempt”. Please contact us beforehand if you want to take advantage of this.
This is your opportunity to influence the direction and running of the TCIA. Please come along, have your say, and maybe put your hand up to help us out.
8pm Thursday 26 July 2018
The TCIA’s Annual General Meeting will be held in the upstairs boardroom at The Republic Bar – 299 Elizabeth St, Hobart.
Several of the crew will be meeting downstairs for dinner at 7pm if you’d like to turn up a little earlier.
This is your opportunity to influence the direction and running of the TCIA. Please come along, have your say, and maybe put your hand up to help out.
In previous years, the TCIA has asked members to provide evidence of their current first aid qualifications when applying for recertification. In line with other outdoor professional bodies in Australia, we have made the decision to no longer require this evidence when you submit your logbook for recertification.
Our focus remains on the training and ongoing development of quality climbing and abseiling instructors and guides in Tasmania.
It is, however, a community expectation that outdoor professionals hold current first aid qualifications, the TCIA strongly encourages you to pursue and maintain these to support safe work practices in both your vocational and recreational endeavours.
Please see here for the minutes of the meeting:
Among other things, the new executive was elected, with only one major change. Bill Baxter stepping aside as president and Tim Whelan taking his place.
President: Tim Whelan
Vice President: Garry Phillips
Secretary: Stu Scott
Treasurer: Richard Youd
Membership Secretary: Renee Harrington
Executive: Bill Baxter, Jess Westbury, Alex Wilson.
Other reports tabled at the meeting:
* President’s Report
* Treasurer’s Report (aka Profit & Loss)
Training & Assessment dates decided:
October 14th & 15th 2017
March 24th & 25th 2018
6pm 21 July 2017 at the Republic Bar
This is your opportunity to influence the direction and running of the TCIA and help out. Please come along and have your say and maybe put your hand up
The next training and assessment course being run will be an Indoor Climbing Guide course on July 25/26.
Please contact the secretary if you are keen to get on board.
Waterworks Quarry – Unsafe, Unstable, Unsuitable for Schools
Due to ongoing frequent, unpredictable and substantial rock fall, the TCIA policy has for some time been that the Waterworks Quarry is categorically not suitable as an instructional venue by school, college or similar dependant groups. By any standard, the rock is unstable and unsafe for climbing other than by experienced recreational climbers who can understand and assess the risk.
We understand that the location of the Waterworks Quarry makes it possible for half day class visits that fit the constraints of school or college timetables. However, this convenience must not be allowed to put student safety at risk. Members are reminded that they are required to conduct risk assessments prior to conducting any abseiling or climbing activity, and any such assessment should exclude the Waterworks Quarry on several safety criteria.
In the event of an accident resulting from the unstable nature of the rock at Waterworks Quarry, the TCIA would not support any member in charge of a group, in any resulting enquiry or inquest.
A successful training weekend was recently (March 4th & 5th) held at Freycinet.
We now look forward to assessments taking place April 8th & 9th.
We have also just announced another training & assessment weekend for May 27th & 28th.
As always, these will be based out of the White Water Wall campsite at Freycinet. Questions? Contact the Secretary or lodge an expression of interest.