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OAG Abseil Guiding Course starts in January, 2023

This professional development training programme is an intensive three-day course for Adventurers wishing to supervise or guide abseiling. This course is aimed at the person who is serious about qualifying for a career as a mountaineering adventure guide or anyone who runs group abseiling adventures as part of their work, such as school teachers, camp councilors and social workers. For prospective mountain adventure professionals, this course is usually the first step on the road to qualify as a rock climbing or abseil Guide. The course is based on Levels 2 and 3 of the Mountaineering & Abseil Guiding Certification syllabus of the OAG and is the ideal preparation for later assessment and license as an OAG Mountaineering Ranger and Guide.

Abseil Guiding Course topics

Equipment; knots; personal and client abseiling skills; abseil instruction and communication; anchor construction; fixed and releasable abseil set-ups; hoisting systems; rope ascending; improvised rescue techniques; dealing with emergencies and client care. Training Course lasts 3 days and two nights in the Klowem outcrops and involve a mixture of theory and practical sessions run by our licensed Master Guides.

Dates, Costs & Assessments

The MGA 202/203 course runs from Tuesday, January 10 to Thursday, January 12, 2022 and costs 1,000-GHS. The Assessment cost is separate to that of the Training Course. The assessment consists of a written exam and a practical field assessment after candidates have recorded a total of 60 lead abseil guiding events in their log book in at least 5 different locations and outcrops.

“The Abseil Guiding Course takes candidates completely away from city life into one of Ghana’s beautiful outdoor environments so they can immerse themselves into the outcrops and learn all it takes to receive the license that literally makes their hands trustworthy for abseil clients.” Nana Adjoa Darkoah

Participant Requirements

The course is open to any reasonably healthy and physically capable person over the age of 18. Courses for younger participants can be arranged on request. Previous mountaineering experience is not required, but would be helpful. Participants must have an English speaking capability of SSCE Level. A minimum of four students is required for the course to run, and the maximum allowable number of students per course is 12. There is a maximum of 1 Instructor : 12 students for the practical assessment.


The OAG will provide all group and specialist equipment for this course, but students are encouraged to have and bring their own equipment where available. Students are required to have their own suitable outdoor clothing and footwear, and need to pack with the list below as a guide. Meals, water and tent-camping equipment are included in the fee. Return transport to the training location is each participant’s responsibility:

  • A 40-litre backpack
  • A 10-litre day pack
  • 1 good outdoor tent
  • A pair of good hiking boots
  • Outdoor walking sandals
  • A cap or hat
  • 3 water bottles
  • 3 sets of outdoor clothing
  • 1 sleeping bag or thick blanket
  • 1 sleeping mat
  • Wash kit – small towel, sponge and soap
  • 1 bowl for meals
  • A can of insect repellent
  • A box of matchsticks
  • Rain coat
  • 1 machete
  • Hiking poles
  • A compass
How to Apply

Fill out the Abseil Guiding Course Application. It has all the information you need to provide to be a candidate for the Course.