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.
Key Safety Precautions for CFOCs:
- Pre-use Inspection: Verify structural soundness and safety devices before use.
- Risk Assessment: Update risk assessments daily, adjusting for changes in conditions.
- Instructor Certification: Instructors should undergo proper training and certification before overseeing any course.
- Exercise Protocols: Conduct preparation exercises before and recovery exercises after course completion.
- Physical Training Limitation: Do not engage in muscle failure training 12 hours before the CFOC.
- Landing/Fall Area Maintenance: Regularly rake and refill these areas.
- Water Hazards: Fill puddles to avoid any misconceptions about the obstacle’s depth or safety.
- Weather Consideration: Modify or delay training if obstacles are hazardous due to weather.
- Instructor-Led Demonstrations: Before allowing Soldiers to attempt, instructors should showcase correct obstacle navigation.
- Clear Signage: Install signs at every obstacle, detailing the correct negotiation procedure.
- Maintenance & Inspection Log: For each CFOC, maintain a log that contains:
- A comprehensive checklist for course and obstacle scrutiny.
- Records of all inspections and noted deficiencies.
- A list of unaddressed issues with their corresponding countermeasures.
- 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
- Ensure procuring of nets, pads, and ground covering from trusted vendors.
- Frequently inspect and test equipment, and replace it before potential failure or degradation.
Figures E-13 to E-34:
- These figures visually represent the variety of obstacle constructions currently in use, offering a comprehensive understanding of the different challenges posed to soldiers.
- Ensuring the safety and structural integrity of CFOCs is paramount.
- Every procedure, from obstacle negotiation to training, should emphasize the well-being and security of the soldiers.
- Proper documentation, inspections, and precautions must be consistently upheld.
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)