SWAAT – Scouts Western Australia Abseiling Team.

Group of abseil instructors, guides and trainee guides that facilitate abseiling and climbing activities including Scout/Guide abseil days, Venturer/Rover/Guide night abseil, roping workshops, Level I and II abseil training and much more.

Our Instructors

Rob Vickers

Rob’s journey began as an assistant cub leader at Maddington in 2008 where he got his first taste of the vertical world, then onto the founding cub leader of Southern River in 2010 and Venturer leader in 2013. Shortly after Rob decided to start his abseil training and worked hard to complete his cert IV in Outdoor Rec as an abseil instructor in 2017. Rob also works in the outdoor recreation industry as a guide and instructor for Adventure Out and is also currently the National Events Manager for Urban Descent, in these roles he regularly conducts roping adventures both in the bush and urban environments.

With over 1000 hours conducting roping activities Rob brings a well rounded approach to our activities, with the following highlights; multi pitch abseils on Bluff Knoll, night abseils for Venturers, Urban Descent building abseils, bridge swings and Australia’s first skyscraper to skyscraper zipline, since working with Urban Descent Rob has assisted in raising over $1.8m for various charities across Australia.

Rob is the current Branch Commissioner for Adventurous Activities at Scouts WA and shares the role of Abseil and Climbing Team Leader with Colin Walker.

Rob’s other hobbies include, scuba diving, practical shooting sports, 4Wding, bush walking, archery, fishing and boating.

Grant Leane

Grant joined the Scout Association in 2006. His roles have included Cub Leader and Scout Leader. He recently left the youth sections to concentrate on the Abseil Team.

He has always been interested in adventure type activities such as snow skiing, rafting, parachuting and paraponting.

From the moment he joined Scouts he embarked on numerous adventurous activity courses. 2007 saw him start his qualification in Abseiling which he gained Guide Level at that stage. Then moving onto Instructor in 2013 and becoming an Assessor in 2014.

Grant also holds VET qualification in High Ropes and Top Rope Climbing Artificial and has completed his Cert IV in Outdoor Recreation.

In 2017 Grant started volunteering to help run some of Urban Descent’s charity events in WA. Working as a rope specialist on the PMH QV1 building 163 metre abseil, Dawesville Bridge Swing and Sydney Abseil for Youth events.

Besides the metro sites that he regularly visits Margaret River’s WI16, Wilyabrup sea cliffs, Castle Rock and Bluff Knoll are amongst his favourites.

Subject Matter Expert

Colin Walker

Colin started abseiling as a Scout in 1972, then progressed onto climbing, caving and rope rescue. 1982 to 1987 he was the Leader and Trainer for the Newman SES Unit and ran abseil and climbing training for community groups.

Returning to Perth in 1994, he accepted various Scouting leadership roles, joining the Abseiling Team in 2000. He currently trains Scout leaders throughout Australia in abseiling, climbing, bushwalking, caving, canyoning and general outdoor skills. For Scouts WA he commonly leads abseiling and climbing activities, caving, canyoning and the annual Bluff Knoll multi-pitch abseil.

He is also an active outdoor leader, outside of Scouts, guiding remote expeditions in the Pilbara, Kimberley, NSW and Tasmainia and New Zealand, (as a mountaineering guide).

In 2012 Colin volunteered to support Adventure Out and Urban Descent with rigging and supervising abseil and flying fox activities for Dreamfit (a not for profit organisation providing recreational opportunities for people with disabilities including the wheel chair bound). He has since filled a senior role in Urban Descent for the AMP Abseil for Youth in Sydney, for Sir David Martin Foundation BB building abseils, PMH fundraising abseils in Perth, AMP Big Zipper, (a 135m zipline between the roofs of the two AMP Buildings in Sydney) as well as other events and activities.

In 2014 Colin accepted the role as Adventurous Activity Team Leader Abseiling and Climbing and now shares this role building the the roping training and activity team.

The team in action