About Us


The Act-Belong-Commit ADSU (Avon Descent Support Unit) is a group of volunteers specifically focused on assisting competitors in the AvonDescent. The ADSU is funded by NADA (Northam Avon Descent Association) and provides access to training opportunities to prepare members for a safe and fun event.

Keeping in line with current trends all our training is either nationally or internationally recognised. If there is not a standard for the discipline we are teaching we adopt the closest one then change it to suit our needs. We then have a foundation from which to work from until we find a recognised standard.

The Avon Descent weekend ( 1st weekend of August ) is very busy but very enjoyable and relies on the continued commitment from the volunteers in the Recovery and Rescue teams to perform at their very best.

Throughout the ADSU training we highlight to trainees that successful rescues are the combination of four things:

  • Training
  • Practice
  • Experience
  • Judgment
The ADSU provides training and practice however trainees should practice their skills and take refreshers on an annual basis (if not more regularly). The ADSU is a group of volunteers specifically focused on assisting competitors in the Avon Descent.