Training and Subsidies

If you are an active member of the club and would like to contribute back, we have a variety of subsidies available for various training courses.

General Eligibility Criteria

  • Residency:
    • You must be a local resident, AND
    • You must be an RMIT student or a member of the general public
      • Exchange students are NOT eligible
  • Trip Participation:
    • You must have run 2 trips in the last 12 months, OR
    • You must have been on 6 trips in the last 6 months
      • Social Trips DO NOT count

Available Courses

We subsidise following courses under various categories.

First Aid

  • Level 2 First Aid: 100% subsidy up to $110 is available. Requires committee approval. 10 places are available each year.
  • Remote First Aid: 75% subsidy available with committee approval. Applicants must be regularly going on/running trips in areas 1-2 hours away from medical assistance. 8 places available per year.
  • Advanced Wilderness First Aid: 75% subsidy available with committee approval. Applicants must be regularly going on/running trips in remote environments (3-4 hours away from medical assistance). 4 places available each year.

Rock Climbing

  • Single Pitch Guide Course (SPG): 80% subsidy available with committee approval. 6 places available each year.
  • SPG Assessment: 50% subsidy available with committee approval. 2 places available each year.
  • Multi Pitch Guide  Course (MPG): 80% subsidy available. Convenor recommendation and committee approval required. 3 places available each year.
  • MPG Assessment: 50% subsidy available with committee approval. 1 place available each year.
  • Climbing Instructor Course (CI): 80% subsidy available. Convenor recommendation and committee approval required. 2 places available each year.
  • CI Assessment: 50% subsidy available with committee approval. 1 place available each year.

Water Sports

  • Swift Water Rescue Course: 80% subsidy available. Convenor recommendation and committee approval required. 3 places available each year.
  • White Water Theory Safety Course: Contact paddling convenor.
  • Freediving Level 2 Certification: 80% subsidy available. Convenor recommendation and committee approval required. 2 places available each year.

Snow Sports

  • Avalanche Training: 80% subsidy available. Convenor recommendation and committee approval required.

Application Process

Applications will be announced at the beginning and at the middle of the year. Applicants need to write a 100-500 word application about why they are a suitable candidate to receive club funding.
Applications should include:

  1. Involvement and commitment in the club
  2. Locations and activities in which you participate

Your application will either be shortlisted, unsuccessful or you may be recommended for a different course than for what you have applied.
If your application is shortlisted, you will be asked to attend a committee meeting for funding approval.

How to apply for a subsidy

After being recommended by a relevant convenor (if necessary), you are required to attend a committee meeting to ask for your subsidy. Committee meeting dates are posted on the trips calendar. Prior to the committee meeting, email our Exec Committee (exec [at] roc [dot] org [dot] au) to let them know of your agenda item. You must then explain to the committee your involvement in the club and why you should be granted a subsidy. All subsidies are approved on a case by case basis.

How much is subsidised

As mentioned above, each course has a percent level of subsidy of your total cost of that course. However, irrespective of that, there is a cap on how much we can pay. Even though not all these caps have been advertised above, you can always enquire about it at a committee meeting when you come to request subsidy or prior to that by sending us an email. Check top of the page for contact.

For example, consider you are taking a First-Aid Level 2 course. If you do it from some Provider A that charges $110 or less, you will get reimbursed 100% of it, which is $110 or less, depending upon the actual cost. However, if you do it from some Provider B that charges $250, you will only get reimbursed up to $110.

Last Updated: October 9, 2020