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Base Jumping Risk Assessment for Year 6 Primary Children

Discussion in 'Primary' started by ERU, Jul 16, 2012.

  1. ERU

    ERU New commenter

    Hello,


    I've just bought everything needed for basejumping for personal use.



    However, myself and other staff are taking 20 Year 6 children big wall climbing next week and I was considering bringing the base
    jumping kit for for staff. I'd also like to give the children a go, and
    wondered if others have done this with this age range (year 6 = 10+).



    Anyone got a risk assessment/ advice?



    My concern is worst case scenario a child plummets to their death.

    Should I just keep it for staff?



    Advice appreciated...
     
  2. ERU

    ERU New commenter

    Hello,


    I've just bought everything needed for basejumping for personal use.



    However, myself and other staff are taking 20 Year 6 children big wall climbing next week and I was considering bringing the base
    jumping kit for for staff. I'd also like to give the children a go, and
    wondered if others have done this with this age range (year 6 = 10+).



    Anyone got a risk assessment/ advice?



    My concern is worst case scenario a child plummets to their death.

    Should I just keep it for staff?



    Advice appreciated...
     
  3. McCahey

    McCahey New commenter

    yep. That was my first thought when I saw 'base jumping'. Why not find a nice tea shop and buy them scones and squash instead?
     
  4. cariad2

    cariad2 New commenter

    Before you even look for a risk assessment, I'd ask your HT if they would be happy for you to do this with children. You HT is likely to ask about what qualifications you have to teach base jumping, what kind of safety checks and testing the equipment has undergone, and about insurance implications.
    Our year 6s carry out a number of adventurous activities, but these are always at a PGL centre with qualified staff, thorough safety checks etc. A teacher sharing their hobby with children is a completely different situation.
    There's also the parents' perspective to consider. Presumably, they have already filled in consent forms for children to go wall climbing. Would you inform them that base jumping will also be on offer? I think that you'd need to ask permission specfically for it.
    On the whole, it's probably easier to leave the kit at home and ask if any of the staff would like to try base jumping with you during the summer holidays.
     
  5. Anonymous

    Anonymous New commenter

    Base jumping - you mean jumping off a cliff with a parachute?
    You can buy a kit for that?
    Does your insurance cover that?

     
  6. Wind up??
     
  7. ERU

    ERU New commenter

    It always amazes me how people feel the need to comment on something they don't understand anything about? Move with the times ... our 'children of tomorrow' want and need to be stimulated. Our job is to therefore 'prepare' them for the future in any way we can.
     
  8. CarrieV

    CarrieV Lead commenter

    Perhaps base jumping isn't exactly the best preparation for the future though!
     
  9. McCahey

    McCahey New commenter

    This is indeed a grave matter.
     
  10. Well I suppose if they're dying to have a go...
     
  11. This is a joke right? Or am I thinking of a different kind of base jumping. I'm not sure what else it could be but I think letting 11 year olds jump from a great height in a flying squirrel costume is a silly idea [​IMG]
     
  12. Anonymous

    Anonymous New commenter

    If it is binary, then give it a go. I would steer clear of duodecimal at that age though.
     
  13. harsh-but-fair

    harsh-but-fair Star commenter

    Oh dear ...
     
  14. manic28

    manic28 New commenter

    flagged
     
  15. McCahey

    McCahey New commenter

    Oh ERU! This thread has kept me entertained for so many weeks. Please don't let it drop ( genuinely, no pun intended this time). I was delighted to see it up and running again. I think that you should devise a statutory primary school PE curriculum. Hopefully, by the time they reach me in Y5, my class size of 35 will be greatly reduced. I might even have time to do some extreme sports myself.
     

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