After several years of undertaking various courses (Outdoor First Aid, Risk Management, Bush Skills) through the Mountain Safety Council, and submitting a log book of my trips for the last 5 years and going through a workbook - it was finally time for me to do the Outdoor Leader assessment. This involved 5 of us going into the hills with an assessor and showing that we know what to do. It all went fine - we had great weather and it was all pretty easy - so officially I'm now allowed to take the rangers out tramping in the hills.
On the Sunday I did the River Safety course. The weather was pouring with rain, but I guess it didn't really matter as we were getting wet anyway. After all the rain the previous night the river level was pretty high and flowing pretty fast - which meant it was quite strong. We practised crossing the river using various methods and numbers of people, and what to do if you fall in.