CONFIDENCE OBSTACLE COURSE CONSTRUCTION AND SAFETY
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.
- Belly Robber.
- 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.
- Reverse Climb.
- 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)