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Spotting is the activity of securing and protecting the physical well-being of a person engaged in an activity. In practice, it may look like breaking or catching a person’s fall, but it may also be as simple as being alert for potentially harmful events or things.
As a program develops, the momentum to assume bigger challenges – that is, greater perceived and actual risks – often increases. This may attract an individual or group to assume some more physically demanding and harmful activities.
Naturally, as experiential educators were are called to facilitate a safe outcome on these occasions, but there is enormous value in empowering our groups to partner this responsibility. And this is where spotting skills come in.
Spotting is perhaps one of the most difficult tasks to teach because, in most cases, people do not recognise the importance of being a spotter until it’s too late, ie someone falls or is hurt. It’s a bit like shutting the gate after the horse has bolted.
Here are some key aspects to remember when teaching effective spotting skills:
“ARE MY SPOTTERS READY?”
“YES, WE’RE READY.”
“I’M READY TO WALK (RUN, FALL, etc)”
“WALK (RUN, FALL, etc) AWAY.”
The following activities will introduce a bunch of fun and fully functional activities to help you teach safe and effective spotting skills.
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