Kloofing Leader Award (KLA):

Kloofing Leader Award

The Kloofing Leader Award provides structured training and assessment for the leaders of parties engaged in kloofing.

Entry requirements:

Candidates should possess skills equivalent to Kloofing Skills and Walking Group Leader Award.


4 days Assessment: 2 days


  • Equipment usage and care
  • Trip planning and logistics
  • Group leadership and management techniques
  • Advanced kloofing ropework techniques
  • Supervising novices in kloofing
  • Prevention and management of injuries and illnesses common to kloofing
  • Water rescue techniques
  • Managing kloofing emergencies
  • Rescue structures in SA
  • Outdoor leadership and the law
  • MDT and NQF training and qualification structure and skills
  • Scope and remit of the qualification

The award does not cover:

  • The skills needed to approach and retreat from remote mountain crags
  • Installation of fixed anchors
  • Abseils that involve intermediate stances or rebelays
  • Kloofing that involves lead climbing
  • Advanced techniques that are considered risky
  • Canyon exploration considerations
  • Formal canyon rescue