The ropes course is an active training, lasting from 3 hours to 4 days, aimed at improving teamwork skills, team building. The main tool of the course is mountaineering equipment (carabiners, ropes, safety systems), which is where the name of the course comes from. Sometimes the course is used as part of personal growth trainings. Most often, individual rope obstacles are built for rope courses.
About the course
In the process of passing the ropes course, an atmosphere of creative search is based, the ability to make non-standard decisions is developed, and mutual assistance and support in the team is strengthened. Using the example of difficult exercises, the team learns to solve a collective task, to develop a strategy and tactics for solving it. The participants of the ropes course overcome their barriers in communication, become closer to each other, all this contributes to the rapid and natural cohesion of the team. Analyzing the behavior of the participants at individual stages of the course, it is possible to understand who influenced the decision-making, who took a passive position and what this led to. As a result, you can summarize what could have been done better or differently, how to act next time, how to overcome difficulties in life in a more effective way. The main goals of the ropes course are to create a team and identify leaders.
What gives a rope course
Brief description of the ropes course
Exercises for warm-up.
Warm-ups are long exercises that are performed to activate the group at the beginning of training. The main purpose of the warm-up is to warm up, so most warm-ups are aimed at physical activity. In the same way, warm-up allows an unfamiliar group to get to know each other faster and facilitates further communication.
Low ropes course.
In “low” exercises, participants do not need to climb to a height of more than two meters, hence the name. For the most part, the participants need to overcome the distance from point A to point B, passing obstacles found on the route. Participants will need additional props to pass obstacles. Insurance during the stages of the “low” course is provided by the training participants themselves and, in some variants, by the trainer. Depending on the goals of the training and the current situation in the team, you can select various exercises that emphasize certain tasks with greater or lesser effectiveness. One of the means of managing the dynamics and the group during the “Low” exercises is the adoption of certain rules for passing the stage.
High ropes course
High Ropes Elements – high ropes course exercises, their main feature is that they take place at a height of 7 to 15 meters and require skills in using climbing systems. All high exercises are performed with insurance provided by the trainer. Usually, 3-4 “high” exercises are built on the training ground.
The main feature of the high ropes course is that, in contrast to the “low” exercises, where success was measured by the successful completion of tasks by all members of the group, any participant makes a personal choice to participate in the “high” exercises. That is, the instructor asks anyone to make a decision independently, developing leadership.
Examples of rope course exercises
- Falling on trust – falling on the arms of the whole team with your back facing forward, not seeing where you fall.
- A jump from a height on a trapeze is located a few meters away.
- Stretching is an exercise for two, in which participants must overcome ropes stretched at a low height, helping each other with outstretched arms.
- Swamp – the team needs to get through a makeshift swamp using bushes and a limited amount of poles.
- Wall – the whole team must get over a high wall (standard 4 m 20 cm), without using improvised means. Usually a final task.
- Minefield – for two participants, one of them must overcome a field of obstacles while blindfolded, following the commands of the other.
Most often, tasks are selected individually depending on the needs of the company. For more detailed information about the rope course, please contact our company.
Order a rope course
If you plan to hold a rope course, be sure to contact professionals. We will be happy to conduct a course or consult you on all issues.