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Membership AMI

Membership Type Full Member

Membership Number 24760

Renewal Date 30/06/2022

Membership Mountain Training Association

Membership Type Full Member

Membership Number 157484

Renewal Date 22/02/2022

My name is Barry Thomas better know as "Baz." I'm currently a serving Royal Marines Commando based in Plymouth. I live on the edge of Dartmoor National Park.
I've been mountaineering with work all over the world for the past 12 years and have operated in the artic, desert and jungle environments. I went on to join my local Mountaineering Club "South Devon Mountaineering."
I started to volunteer at my local climbing wall as a kids climbing instructor on a saturday mornings. I really enjoyed instructing and coaching so decided to take it further and I embarked on gaining National Qualifications along side my military adventure training qualifications.
I have currently Hold the following qualification:
Mountaineering & Climbing Instructor (MCI)
Climbing Wall Award (CWA)
Climbing Wall Abseil Award (CWAA)
Climbing Wall Leading Award (CWLA)
Rock Climbing Instructor (RCI)
Mountain Leader Summer Award (MLs)
Foundation Climbing Coach Award (FCA)
BMC FUNdamentals of Climbing 1 & 2
Safeguarding & Child Protection
I am currently working towards my Mountain Leader Winter Award (MLw) & Winter Mountaineering & Climbing Instructor (WMCI)
Gold Navigator Award Training & Assessment 06/11/2021 Details
Gold Navigator Award Training & Assessment 06/11/2021 Details
NNAS Tutor Award Training & Assessment 20/11/2021 Details
Silver Navigator Award Training & Assessment 20/11/2021 Details
NNAS Tutor Award Training & Assessment 20/11/2021 Details
MTE/MTC Online Course Directors & Staff Workshop 11/01/2021 1.00
AMI Community of Practice and networking event 17/12/2020 0.50
Problem Solving and Improvised Rescue 25/04/2019 1.00
Teaching Multi-Pitch Climbing 24/04/2019 1.00
Rock Skills provider and course tutor induction - MTC and MTE - ALL Rock Skills providers and tutors 21/11/2018 1.00
Night Navigation 07/11/2018 0.50
NNAS Tutor Award 27/04/2018 1.00
NNAS Tutors Course 27/04/2018 1.00
Problem Solving and Improvised Rescue 19/04/2018 1.00
Teaching Multi-Pitch Climbing 18/04/2018 1.00
Taking People Climbing 17/04/2018 1.00
Mountaineering Day 16/04/2018 1.00
Tutor Update Workshop for Hill & Mountain Skills - MTC & MTE 13/04/2018 1.00
BMC FUNdamentals of Climbing 3 31/01/2018 1.00
Any - Advanced First Aid (beyond basic 16 hours course) 13/09/2016 1.00
Mountain Training - Award Scheme Training Course 30/04/2016 2.00
Joint Services - Adventurous Training Course (if relevant to your award) 22/02/2016 1.00
BMC / MCofS - FUNdamentals of Climbing 2 21/03/2014 1.00
Mountain Training - Award Scheme Training Course 27/02/2014 2.00
Any - Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable People course 20/01/2014 1.00
Mountain Training - Award Scheme Training Course 20/01/2014 2.00
BMC / MCofS - FUNdamentals of Climbing 1 30/11/2013 1.00
Joint Services - Adventurous Training Course (if relevant to your award) 05/08/2013 1.00
Joint Services - Adventurous Training Course (if relevant to your award) 22/07/2013 1.00
Joint Services - Adventurous Training Course (if relevant to your award) 03/06/2013 1.00
Joint Services - Adventurous Training Course (if relevant to your award) 03/06/2013 1.00
Joint Services - Adventurous Training Course (if relevant to your award) 18/03/2013 1.00
Joint Services - Adventurous Training Course (if relevant to your award) 01/10/2012 1.00

A good alround instructor

Activity

  • Indoor climbing

Relationship

  • Employee

Baz has instructed frequently at the High Sports climbing wall I manage in Plymouth, both as an employee of High Sports and with external clients. He runs regular climbing instruction, indoor and out, through his own company and I have heard nothing but positive feedback from his clients. He has worked regularly for High Sports with clients of all ages and abilities; running introductory sessions; long term junior clubs - with the aim of teaching children (ages 4-17) to become self-sufficient indoor climbers; frequent involvement with a Plymouth City Council project aimed at increasing accessibility of climbing for children; disability sessions for children and adults with physical disabilities and special educational needs; school and youth groups looking to introduce and improve their members climbing ability; and adult instruction for those looking to begin indoor climbing. He has a superb instructing manner and encourages his groups to achieve all they can, always going beyond the basic skills instructing and focusing on movement skills and technique development. I would not hesitate to employ Baz as an instructor or coach, both in a High Sports wall and for my own clients outdoors.

Activity

  • Indoor climbing

Relationship

  • Friend / partner
  • Colleague
  • Employee

Whenever I've worked with Barry, watched him work, or climbed with him, he has been highly competent, very much approachable, and a good all round instructor. He is easy to talk to and is always keen to improve himself. Whenever I've seen him coach groups and individuals, they have been engaged, interested, and quick to pick up on the skills he is teaching. He is very adaptable in these situations, and as head coach at High Sports Plymouth, I would highly recommend him for any future awards he may consider doing.

Activity

  • Hill walking
  • Indoor climbing
  • Rock climbing
  • Other

Relationship

  • Friend / partner
  • Employee

I have known Baz for many years in both a work and friend capacity. He is a conscientious and competent climber and mountaineer and will be a great mountaineering instructor. I have observed him in a work capacity and have employed him to work independently on Mountain Training courses I provide. He is a solid pair of hands and I will continue to employ him when the need arises. His enthusiasm for all things hill, crag and mountain is contagious, and this passion shows through in his work. I would wholeheartedly support his progression as a mountaineering and climbing instructor and he will be an excellent addition to the community.

Activity

  • Hill walking
  • Indoor climbing
  • Rock climbing

Relationship

  • Friend / partner
  • Colleague
  • Employee
  • Other

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