Vermeer Midwest Arb. Training/Climber Workshops

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  1. Greg_L

    Greg_L Active Member

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    There are three coming up in Indiana, but I wanted to reach out and ask if anyone'd been to one of these before. Most CEU-offering workshops tend to run a good deal more expensive than $25 a head. Before I commit three of us to going...can anyone elaborate on what this flyer is saying will be covered? Would this course qualify for the ISA Climber Specialist aerial rescue requirement, or would that need to be a dedicated course? Will this be hands-on, or a lawn chair seminar?

    We'd really rather not show up and find ourselves locked into a 9-hour product show-off. Sorry if this was the wrong sub-forum...wasn't sure where else to drop it. Thanks!
     
  2. kiteflyingeek

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    Greg,

    I called and asked about the hands on part. It is more armchair style -- I asked if I'd need my harness and received a "no". Cindy (name on the flier) did say that they will have a rope hanging for the teacher to demonstrate the techniques so I'd think its more than just a "product show-off".

    I'm going to the one in Newburgh (02/14) so I can give you a better answer after that. I'd guess you might want to do one of the northern ones anyway. I know that's short notice for you & the class could be full by then. Best I can do..

    --andrew
     
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    Thanks!
     
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    I will be heading to the one in newburgh as well. I didn't know about this class until I stumbled upon it here, and they let me sign up late, so I imagine they can make room for you last minute if you decide to go.

    Hopefully I'll see you there Andrew
     
  5. kiteflyingeek

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    I'll be there. Look forward to meeting you.
     
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    So I just got back from this training and overall I enjoyed it. It was not hands on training, although the instructors were very hands on. Everything they went over got demonstrated with some nice tips to incorporate into climbing and rescue. Among other things there are giveaways, catered lunch, and entertaining instructors. I could think of much worse ways to spend $25 especially if you need the CEUs for your certification.
     
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    I may have caught a lucky break, but I was able to trade in an old 16 strand climb line for them to do a cut demonstration on, for a new Poision Ivy with a splice. That alone was worth the $25 and more for me.
     
  8. kiteflyingeek

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    I'm finally online. I thought it was a very good time of instruction. Phil was the main trainer and he is VERY knowledgeable and proficient in climbing and demonstration. As @Jehinten noted, it is not a climbing class but you can definitely handle the gear and see what it looks like. Phil did share that we could throw on our saddle (if you had it with you) and try out some of the gear low on the ropes. I wished I had taken my saddle!

    This was my first official training and I found it to be very informative and helpful. I will also note that Phil attempts to make the class very fun. He's pretty high energy and tries to keep things fun for the class.

    I walked away with so many more climbing tips and tricks PLUS some give aways. Those plus the lunch meant the $25 fee was mostly given back -- not sure how Vermeer is going to make any money at it ;).

    Hope that helps, @Greg_L

    --andrew
     
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