Singapore National Abseiling Standards
(SNAS) Level 1 for Schools & Corporations

Singapore Nation Abseiling Standards (SNAS) Level 1

The course is designed for people who have no prior knowledge on abseiling. Participants will learn the basic skills to descend on ropes and have essential knowledge on the equipment required to abseil.

Introduction to Abseiling

  • Why do people abseil?
  • Environment – natural rocks, tower

Introduction of Abseil Equipment (usage, care, limitation)

  • Static rope
  • Harness
  • Carabiner
  • Descending device – (Fig.8)
  • Helmet
  • Gloves

Rope handling

  • Managing ropes
  • Coiling, lapping, chaining

Descend Practice (with a belay line) using Fig of 8 descender

  • Rig-in and remove from rope system
  • Basic stance and brake hand
  • Abseil command
  • Descend with a fireman’s belay
  • Self rescue – apply lock-on system with leg wrap

Safety Considerations

  • Rope placement on descender (smiley face)
  • Importance of controlled descend
  • Appropriate attire, loose hair etc

Course Review

  • Suggestions for further advancement
  • General discussion and feedback

Passing Standards

Trainees must demonstrate the following course requirements:

  • Correct harness usage
  • Correct rig-in to abseil system with a Fig 8 descender
  • Perform a controlled descend
  • Perform a self-rescue
  • Correct use of abseiling commands


Applicant must be at least 13 years of age