About the Course

In this Rigging Lab Academy exclusive course, Belay Systems, we’re including both team and solo rescues, meaning a traditional belay as well as a lowering system. So while we don’t readily consider a belay system the same as a lower (a true belay is one of “non-tensioned” nature and with the building trend of twin or tandem tension systems on the rise), we thought it would be helpful to think in terms of today as well as tomorrow. So what does a twin tension lower have to do with a solo rescue? Both are now lowering systems and not a belay. As methods continue to evolve, so much the terms and reasoning behind them.

In rescue work, belaying is a process of protecting and arresting an accidental fall due to human error, or system failure. It involves the utilization of a backup lifeline from the rescue package to a belay device, which is securely attached to a secondary anchor. Belaying is an integral part of the rescue system, and it is done any time there is “exposure” to falling.

What You'll Learn

Once you enroll in the Belay Systems course, you'll learn must-know skills like:

  • Belaying with I'D

  • Belaying with MPD

  • Belaying with Tandem Prusiks

  • Belaying with GriGri

  • Belaying with Munter

  • The differences between lowers, belays, and hybrids

  • And more!

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    Rigging Lab Academy: Multiple Instructors

    This course is brought to you through the efforts of multiple Rigging Lab Academy Instructors. These instructors have hand-selected material from their full-featured courses — all of which are exclusively available here at Rigging Lab Academy — and contributed them to a specific section or unit of this course. By blending the teachings of various instructors, Rigging Lab Academy members will gain exposure to different areas of expertise, course materials, and teaching methodologies.

Course Curriculum

  • 1
    Unit 1: Welcome
  • 2
    Unit 2: Belaying with I'D
    • 2.1 Belaying with I’D
    • 2.2 Video Tutorial: Rescue Lowers with Petzl I’D
    • 2.3 Video Tutorial: Lower Pick Off: Top Side Working Lines
    • 2.4 Video Tutorial: Petzl I’D Belay Tip
    • 2.5 Video Tutorial: Inside 9 Pulley System Using the CMC MPD and Petzl I’D
    • 2.6 Video Tutorial: Tower Rescue for Emergency Responders: Ground Based Simple Lower End Carry Technique
    • 2.7 Video Tutorial: Stake Line Rescue
    • 2.8 Quiz: Belaying with I’D
  • 3
    Unit 3: Belaying with MPD
    • 3.1 Belaying with MPD
    • 3.2 Video Tutorial: Small Team Raise & Lower System
    • 3.3 Video Tutorial: CMC Rescue Multi Purpose Device MPD (Block, Tackle & Belay)
    • 3.4 Video Tutorial: Inside 9 Pulley System Using the CMC MPD and Petzl ID
    • 3.5 Video Tutorial: Two Rope Offset
    • 3.6 Video Tutorial: English Reeve System Control Side
    • 3.7 Video Tutorial: CMC MPD Manual
    • 3.8 Video Tutorial: TECH TIP | MPD Video Series: How to Load the MPD
    • 3.9 Video Tutorial: Tech Rescue Training Highlights Featuring the MPD™ | Part 2: Operation
    • 3.10 Video Tutorial: Tech Rescue Training Highlights Featuring the MPD™ | Part 3: Practice Tips
    • 3.11 Video Tutorial: CMC Rescue MPD User's Guide by CMC Rescue School Instructor
    • 3.12 Quiz: Belaying with MPD
  • 4
    Unit 4: Belaying with Prusiks
    • 4.1 Belaying with Prusiks
    • 4.2 Video Tutorial: Tandem Prusik Belay with Pre-Tensioner
    • 4.3 Quiz: Belaying with Prusiks
  • 5
    Unit 5: Belaying with GriGri & GriGri Plus
    • 5.1 Belaying with GriGri & GriGri Plus
    • 5.2 Video Tutorial: Friction Top Rope Top Belay, Climber Rescue GriGri
    • 5.3 Quiz: Belaying with GriGri & GriGri Plus
  • 6
    Unit 6: Belaying with Munter
    • 6.1 Belaying with Munter
  • 7
    Unit 7: Belaying on a Brake Rack
    • 7.1 Belaying on a Brake Rack
    • 7.2 Video Tutorial: Rescue Load Lowers Using a Brake Rack
    • 7.3 Quiz: Belaying on a Brake Rack
  • 8
    Unit 8: Belaying on Tube (type) Friction Devices
    • 8.1 Belaying on Tube (type) Friction Devices
    • 8.2 Video Tutorial: Friction Top Rope Top Belay, Tubular Belay Device
  • 9
    Unit 9: Other Devices or Techniques
    • 9.1 Other Devices or Techniques
    • 9.2 Video Tutorial: Industrial Rescue After a Fall: Solo Companion Rescue By Lower
    • 9.3 Video Tutorial: Team Based Lower & Pick-Off to Raise
    • 9.4 Video Tutorial: Industrial Skate Block Trackline System Lower Section
    • 9.5 Video Tutorial: Industrial Rescue After a Fall: Two Person Rescue By Lower
    • 9.6 Video Tutorial: Tower Rescue for Emergency Responders: Ground Based Simple Lower End Carry Technique
    • 9.7 Video Tutorial: Tower Rescue for Emergency Responders: Simple Lower Top Fixed Break
    • 9.8 Video Tutorial: Petzl ASAP
    • 9.9 Quiz: Other Devices or Techniques
  • 10
    Unit 10: Wrap Up
    • 10.1 Wrap Up

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What Students Are Saying

  • Very good course

    Gabriel Jimenez Montoya

    There's a lot to learn in this course!

    There's a lot to learn in this course!

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  • Pretty good!

    Dan Capicio

    All of the information, for the most part, is very good. However, I feel like there are some redundant videos, and I wish there were more quiz / learning che...

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    All of the information, for the most part, is very good. However, I feel like there are some redundant videos, and I wish there were more quiz / learning check questions for review.

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  • Where's the Beef?

    John Lindstrom

    I just completed the Belay Systems course and I was confused by the amount of non-belay subject material that was included. I expected the sections on belayi...

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    I just completed the Belay Systems course and I was confused by the amount of non-belay subject material that was included. I expected the sections on belaying with Petzl iD, CMC MPD, Petzl ASAP, and Prusiks. I don't know why there were sections on tower pickoff rescues; hauling systems; and tandem rope systems. Was there something about belays tucked in those sections that I missed?

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