Are you up to the challenge? Jump off a cliff the safe way, with the Sydney North Region Rockcraft Team! There are weekend abseil adventures, Scout abseil days, VET training, and much more!

Getting Involved

We have courses targeted at different levels of experience:

Scout Groups

A Scout abseils on a top belay at Lindfield Rocks

Check out the Scout Abseil Experience Days

Beginner Abseilers
Venturers / Rovers / Leaders

A Venturer Operates a top belay supervised by an Abseil Guide, whilst another Venturer is Abseiling at a Basic Rockcraft Abseil Course.

Check out the Basic Rockcraft (Safe Participant) Abseiling Workshops. This is the first step into abseiling qualifications, and also can be used as the practical component of the OAS Stage 4 Vertical Badge.

Taking it to the next level

A Scout Leader performs a self rescue on an abseil in a training exercise at Lindfield Rocks

Competent abseilers can do our Rigging and Rescue Workshop to work towards their SIS Trained Participant and Assistant Guide Qualifications. As well as the higher levels of their OAS Vertical Badges.


The Abseiling Team is responsible for running workshops for those who need an abseil qualification to participate in an activity and for those who would like to learn more about this adventure sport.

Who Can Do It?

Abseiling is available to all members of the Movement in some form in accordance with Scouts NSW policies and sectional requirements.

When Can I Do This?

All year round, meeting nights, day trips, weekends. The team runs a number of calendared Basic Abseiling, Abseil Trained Participant and Assistant Guide training events each year, but are also happy to arrange alternate dates for your Pack, Troop, Unit, Crew, or even Group Committee if the need arises.

Where we run a custom adventure for your group, an equipment hire fee will apply when Region equipment is used.

Qualifications Required

Single Pitch Abseiling – Activity must be under the control of an Abseiling Guide.

Multi-pitch Abseiling – Activity must be under the control of an Abseiling Guide.

If you want to get qualified let one of our team know to book into a Rigging & Rescue Skills training workshop. We can qualify you with Scout Skills and VET recognised qualifications.

Safe Participant

Safe Participant abseilers are able to be active participants in abseiling activities.

SIS Training – Rigging & Rescue Skills – Trained Participant and Assistant Guide

Part of the workshop involves helping at a SNR Basic Rockcraft Workshop (Safe Participant Abseil workshop).

SIS Training – Guide Abseiling

A Skills Check List is supplied and Assessment is scheduled as required.

SIS Training Guide Abseiling – prerequisites

Have met the requirements for qualification for Rigging & Rescue – Trained Participant and Assistant Guide qualifications.
Have a current logbook documenting 1000m of vertical abseiling leading groups;
You must also assist on at least one Safe Participant Abseiling workshop in a Leader role to complete the qualification. You will also need to compete an assessment of rigging and rescue skills. Plus you need to hold a current HLTAID 001, 002 & 003.


Scout Abseil Days

Scout Abseil Days, Book Your Troup In

SNR Basic Rockcraft (Safe Participant) & Rigging & Rescue Workshops – (see dates in calendar below)

Need to be Venturer-aged or over to register for these workshops

Basic Rockcraft (Safe Participant)

This is the base-level for participation in rockcraft activities and is required for vertical canyoning and caving. Attending this workshop will give you a great grounding for rock adventures and you can even earn you Stage 4 OAS under Vertical (New Youth Program).

Cost is $60 plus we throw in a set of prussik loops tailored to you.

See how to book below to get on the Basic Rockcraft Workshop.

Rigging & Rescue Skills – (SIS Training – Trained Participant, Assistant Guide & Guide)

If you want to build on your skills and work towards being able to take other people out abseiling then this is the workshop for you. Learn how to set up abseils, rig for rescue and get yourself or others out of difficulty. VET qualifications are possible and when you finish here move on to becoming an Abseil Guide.

Cost is $65.

See how to book below to get on the Rigging & Rescue Skills – SIS Trained Participant & Assistant Guide.

Course Prerequisites

Hold a current SNR Basic Rockcraft or SIS Safe Participant Abseil qualification;
Have a current logbook documenting abseiling;
Hold a current HLTAID 001, 002 & 003
You must also assist on at least one Safe Particiant Abseiling workshop in a Leader role to complete the qualification.

SNR Basic Rockcraft, & Rigging & Rescue Course Dates

How do I book into an Abseiling Workshop?

1. Pick the workshop you wish to attend.
2. Download a booking form.
3. Fill in the details and email to (click on link) – Sydney North Region Office
4. Complete the booking form and attach a cheque made out to “Scouts Australia” or Direct Deposit workshop fee payment (see below)
5. Direct Deposit Payment to:
     * Account Name – SSA, NSW Branch, Sydney North Region
     * BSB – 032-000     Account Number – 186745
     * Reference – SURNAME + COURSE NUMBER (See Above)
6. Closing dates for each workshop are beside the details above.
7. If unsure about any details or if you are eligible to attend the workshop or activity then contact the Activity Co-ordinator.
8. To confirm if the workshop is still on and has space contact the Region office

Current Workshop Details & Downloads:

Particpants will need to fill in a booking form and send to Region office. Participants should download all details below and follow the directions as per the participant’s letter to be sent to you to complete all the prerequisites prior to the first theory night.

Location Information:

Other Course Downloads

Leave No Trace documents:- Download Part 1.    Download Part 2.

Rock Activities Standard Operation Procedure:- Download SOP.

Adventurous Activities Policy:- Download Policy.

Who Can Help Me?

Daryl Osborne – 9878 3028 (evenings only)