Stationary Rope Work Positioning - Why Use SRWP?
Man climbing a tree
Insights

Published on

February 25 2020
Chainsaw outdoors

In September last year, Lantra released the Stationary Rope Work Positioning training course and Level 3 qualification. The technique is proving popular with learners and so we spoke to one of our Verifiers and author of the course, John Trenchard, to find out more about the technique.

1. What is the Stationary Rope Work Positioning & Rescue course?

SRWP is designed for climbers who already possess a Tree Climbing and Aerial Rescue qualification and want to add the advantages that climbing a tree with stationary lines can give.

An advantage of employing this technique is to become more efficient when moving up the tree as the climber learns to walk up the rope to access the tree which is far more ergonomic than traditional climbing methods.

2. Why is there a need for a SRWP training course?

As a relatively new technique in tree work there has been no formal training to comply with PUWER and UK training standards.

For employers to ensure that operators have been adequately trained Lantra have developed this course which leads to a recognised qualification in this technique.

As this technique requires some re-learning of tree climbing methods, this structured course guides the climber through safe set up, correct use of tree climbing equipment and takes a lot of the initial hard work out of the re-learning process.

3. What are the main benefits of SRWP.

Man climbing with a harness

The main benefits of SRWP are improved ergonomics of access into the tree by using your legs as well as your arms to ascend.

Whilst climbing, because the rope is not moving the climber can position the rope throughout the canopy to improve work positioning, and by spreading the climber’s weight throughout the tree improves safety.

To achieve this, re-directs are used, natural or artificial, and these can be moving or fixed.

To retrieve re-directs or to ascend within the tree this is easily achieved because of the ability to walk up the rope.

4. Why would I consider being trained in SRWP?

As a tree climber SRWP completes a climbers knowledge of how they might work a tree, combined with the skills learned on a moving rope course it allows the climber to select the best solution to the job, be efficient and safe at work.

If you are interested in becoming an instructor for this area, please email alex.hill@lantra.co.uk as we will be looking to put on events to add this skill in the next few months.