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Confidence Obstacle Course Construction and Safety
From: FM 7-22 October 2012
The following paragraphs discuss course sketches that describe in detail CFOC construction and safety requirements.
The following course sketches supplement the Department of the Army Engineer Drawings 28-13-95, Confidence Course Layout Plan. They serve as the minimum construction/safety standards for CFOCs.
Criteria for safety and structural inspections are specified in the obstacle risk assessment and according to the material manufacturer’s directions. Re-inspection must include a review of the risk assessment, an analysis and assessment of accidents/injuries sustained since the obstacle was put into (or back into) service, following repairs, major renovations, or modifications.
CFOC safety precautions include:
  • Inspection of structural integrity and safety devices prior to use.
  • Current risk assessment updated prior to each day’s training and updated as conditions change.
  • Instructor training and certification on operation of obstacles prior to conduct of course.
  • Preparation exercises before commencing course and recovery exercises upon completion.
  • Muscular strength/muscle failure physical training that should not be conducted within 12 hours prior to the CFOC.
  • Landing/fall areas under obstacles raked and refilled as needed before each use.
  • Puddles of water under obstacles filled to preclude a false sense of security.
  • Training that is postponed/modified when obstacles are slippery due to inclement weather.
  • Instructors who instruct and demonstrate obstacle negotiation before allowing Soldiers to negotiate the CFOC.
  • A sign posted at each obstacle detailing exact procedures to be used for proper negotiation.
  • A maintenance and inspection log that is maintained for each CFOC. The log should include:
    • A detailed checklist for course and obstacle inspection.
    • A record of all course inspections and maintenance deficiencies.
    • A list of any uncorrected deficiencies remaining on the course and countermeasures in place.

Detailed obstacle illustrations are provided for:

  • Tough One.
  • Slide for Life.
  • Confidence Climb.
  • Skyscraper.
  • Belly Robber.
  • Tarzan.
  • Low Belly Over.
  • Dirty Name.
  • Tough Nut.
  • Belly Crawl.
  • Inclining Wall.
  • High Step Over.
  • Swing, Stop, and Jump.
  • Six Vaults.
  • Easy Balancer.
  • Belly Buster.
  • Low Wire.
  • Hip-Hip.
  • Reverse Climb.
  • Weaver.
  • Balancing Logs.
  • Island Hopper.
Safety equipment (nets, pads, ground covering) must be procured from reliable sources, inspected and tested frequently, and replaced before failure/deterioration. Figures E-13 through E-34 display differing obstacle constructions in use today.

Figure E-13. Tough one (course sketch)


Figure E-14. Slide for life (course sketch)


Figure E-15. Confidence climb (course sketch)


Figure E-16. Skyscraper (course sketch)


Figure E-17. Belly robber (course sketch)


Figure E-18. Tarzan (course sketch)


Figure E-19. Low belly over (course sketch)


Figure E-20. Dirty name (course sketch)


Figure E-21. Tough nut (course sketch)


Figure E-22. Belly crawl (course sketch)


Figure E-23. Inclining wall (course sketch)


Figure E-24. High step over (course sketch)


Figure E-25. Swing, stop, and jump (course sketch)


Figure E-26. Six vaults (course sketch)


Figure E-27. Easy balancer (course sketch)


Figure E-28. Belly buster (course sketch)


Figure E-29. Low wire (course sketch)


Figure E-30. Hip-hip (course sketch)


Figure E-31. Reverse climb (course sketch)


Figure E-32. Weaver (course sketch)


 Figure E-33. Balancing logs (course sketch)



Figure E-34. Island hopper (course sketch)


From: FM 7-22 October 2012 

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