Public Service students gorge walk through induction week

Uniformed Public Service students found themselves dangling from a bridge 40ft above How Stean Gorge in North Yorkshire, during induction week, as a ‘welcome back’ to College.

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The second year students were challenged firstly with donning a wet suit, before abseiling off the side of a bridge into the gorge.

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First over the edge was tutor Helen whilst the students waited in anticipation to see if she made it to the bottom.

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One by one, the Public Service team dismounted the bridge and made their way in to the icy water below, offering words of encouragement and cheering their team mates on, as they went.

Abseiling

Abseiling

Abseiling

Once everyone was at the bottom, it was time to begin the gorge walking, which involved treacherously scrambling across rocks and through the ice cold water all the way up stream.

The students needed to use team work and strong communication skills learned throughout their course, to complete the task and keep the group moving together and quickly.

Some parts were shallow with rocks covered in a dark green slime, whilst others parts required you to swim across and slide yourself onto the rocks at the other end. There were waterfalls, slides and jumps throughout the scramble as well as pitch black caves to navigate through, only using one small torch between all.

Every single one of the students got involved in leading the team and being the ‘dip stick’ to test how deep parts of the water were. This group of students looked after each other extremely well, making sure no one was left behind, but also had a huge amount of laughs and fun along the way.

 

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