Instruction Plan and Policy

All NZAC Instruction is guided by the NZAC Instruction Safety & Risk Management Framework (1.4MB). This document is updated on a regular basis.

The club has a duty of care to all instruction course participants, and is committed to complying with all relevant legislation and regulatory requirements. A paper prepared by Judy Reid in 2005 (17.5KB) provides a good summary of the NZAC position.

Strategic Goal

Offer quality, good value instruction so as to improve the skills of Club members, attract new Club members, improve the pool of amateur trained climbing instructors, and enhance the safety and enjoyment of New Zealand climbers.

Strategic Objectives:

  • Ensuring that beginner alpine and rock courses are available to Club members equally in all sections throughout New Zealand.
  • Provide training for section instructors.
  • Run specialist courses (eg ice climbing, bolting) where demand can be shown.
  • Develop instruction courses for youth climbing.
  • Ensure that all Club courses (national and section) are run safely and benchmarked to industry standards.
  • Agreement on an appropriate Club budget (supported by targeted grant and participant fees) to subsidise the courses at a reasonable level to encourage member participation.

Current Projects and Key Results:

  • Support section instruction with a $10/Club member instruction day subsidy.
  • Maintain and progress relationships with the Mountain Safety Council, NZ Mountain Guides Assoc, & NZOIA.
  • Establish an appropriate Club instruction policy on the issues of safety, member and public liability, standard syllabus and RAMS, and post these on the website.
  • The convener and National Office to liaise closely with sections to share knowledge and ensure beginner courses are available in all areas.
  • Run instructor training courses, open to all section instructors, on recommendation of section reps.

Resources for Sections

TO BE ADDED

Instruction Policy Guidelines:

Policy on Drug Use and Anti Doping [Hillary Commission Application]

  • In pursuing its aims, the New Zealand Alpine Club Inc. condemns the use of performance enhancing drugs and doping practices in sport as contrary to the ethics of sport and potentially harmful to the health of competitors.
  • The New Zealand Alpine Club Inc. will support the development of national and international initiatives to deter the use of performance-enhancing drugs and doping practices.
  • The New Zealand Alpine Club Inc. aims to deter the use of performance-enhancing drugs and doping practices in sport by:
    • Ensuring that effective sanctions are imposed on people who commit doping offences
    • Educating and informing people about drugs in sport issues
    • Supporting the anti-doping testing programmes and education initiatives of the New Zealand Sports Drug Agency (NZSDA) and other anti-doping authorities
    • Requiring national sports organisations to endorse this policy and in doing so to apply and enforce effective sanctions on people who are found to have engaged in the use of performance-enhancing drugs or doping practices in sport.

This sports drug policy applies to:

  • Employees, consultants and contractors of the New Zealand Alpine Club Inc., Affiliated organisations, their members and employees, and other organisations or persons receiving financial or other assistance through the New Zealand Alpine Club Inc.

The New Zealand Alpine Club Inc. recognises the NZSDA, its agents, any anti-doping authority contracted by NZSDA, other national anti-doping agencies and international sports organisations as agencies responsible for conducting doping controls on competitors for testing in or out of competition, whether in New Zealand or overseas.

The New Zealand Alpine Club Inc. will abide by the following core principles within their anti-doping policy:

  • The New Zealand Alpine Club Inc. condemns performance-enhancing drugs and doping methods in sport and will ban every participant or member found to have been using such methods.
  • The New Zealand Alpine Club Inc. will enforce its anti-doping policy. This will not preclude the New Zealand Alpine Club Inc. from conducting joint hearings with other responsible organisations into alleged doping offences.
  • The anti-doping policy applies to all members of the New Zealand Alpine Club Inc. and also to the members of the New Zealand Alpine Club Inc. members where these are not natural persons (such as affiliates or clubs).
  • That the New Zealand Alpine Club Inc. anti-doping policy includes all prohibited substances and methods, as specified by the NZSDA in its Schedule and by the international federations.
    Application of Principles
  • A "doping offence" is committed whenever a prohibited substances and method is used or found to have been used.
  • This anti-doping policy establishes an obligation on the part of the sport's athletes, coaches, officials, medical personnel and other persons not to use prohibited substances and methods and for athletes to undergo testing when required to do so.
  • The New Zealand Alpine Club Inc. recognises the NZSDA and any other appropriate testing authorities and/or procedures for the purposes of requesting, collecting and analysing samples to detect the possible use of doping substances or methods both in and out of competition.
  • The New Zealand Alpine Club Inc. will apply sanctions in relation to doping offences including a minimum two-year suspension for a first offence and a life suspension for a second offence involving use of a serious doping substance or method.
  • The New Zealand Alpine Club Inc. where allowed by the NZSDA or relevant international federation, anti-doping policy provides for athletes to obtain prior medical approval from a body appointed for that purpose for the conditional use of prohibited substances for therapeutic purposes.
  • On receipt of notification by a recognised anti-doping testing authority of a positive finding, a refusal to undergo a test or other possible infringement or breach of the policy, The New Zealand Alpine Club Inc. will conduct an investigation and or hearings in respect to the alleged doping offences and issue a notice of its decisions.
  • The New Zealand Alpine Club Inc. will permit appeals in respect to its decisions. An appeal may be made to the New Zealand Alpine Club Inc., a tribunal or the courts.
  • Matters in relation to alleged doping offences are to be kept confidential until after alleged doping offences have been heard and determined.
  • Where the athlete has indicated retirement when asked to undergo an out-of-competition drugs test, this will not preclude completion of collection and testing of a sample from the retiree or the following of procedures if the test is positive. If the athlete has indicated retirement and refuses to undergo an out-of-competition drugs test, or fails to follow the required procedures if the test is positive, then the athlete may not comeback from retirement.
  • The New Zealand Alpine Club Inc. will enforce sanctions imposed by other recognised sports authorities, including international federations and other national sports organisations.
  • The New Zealand Alpine Club Inc. anti-doping policy also applies to junior, veteran and disabled athletes.
    The New Zealand Alpine Club Inc. may provide details of their athletes, and other information relevant to the policy and its application, to other authorities who need to know about the matter.
  • The New Zealand Alpine Club Inc. may be required by their international federation to impose a suspension for a longer period than is required by their anti-doping policy.